Micky Hazard has told Love Sport Radio that he reckons Jose Mourinho might have reached his last resort in order to coax a reaction out of Tottenham Hotspur’s club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele.
Ndombele, 23, was hooked at half-time during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley, as the Frenchman struggled against Sean Dyche’s side. In his post-match comments, Mourinho hammered the ex-Lyon star for his performance.
“In the first half we didn’t have a midfield,” Mourinho said, as per The Mail. “I have to say he [Ndombele] has had enough time to come to a different level. I know the Premier League is difficult, and some players take a long time to adapt.”
Mourinho is renowned for criticising players in the media in order to spur them on and make them work harder. But such a harsh tactic – one that saw him fall out with Luke Shaw at Manchester United – can have a detrimental effect.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s second-leg clash against Leipzig in the Champions League, Tottenham icon Hazard commented on Mourinho’s treatment of Ndombele and stated the Portuguese manager could be at his last resort with Ndombele.
“You know, people work in different ways,” Hazard said. “But as a new manager, you’ve got to find what makes your players tick and maybe he’s just tried all the other avenues and now he’s trying this avenue.
“For me, if the manager was saying that about me, I know that my response would be to go on the pot and prove them wrong. So hopefully, that’s what Ndombele does because he’s certainly got lots and lots and lots of talent.”
TBR’s view – Was Mourinho right to treat Ndombele in that manner?
Manchester United defender Shaw has come on leaps and bounds since being criticised by Mourinho in the public domain. Now a crucial part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, perhaps the criticism from Mourinho benefitted Shaw in the long run.
Ndombele must be strong. Yes, he has had to adapt to the Premier League, to a new country, a new language at just 23 years of age. But he is being paid a lot of money to do so – a wage he is failing to live up to. Mourinho is well within his rights.