Tottenham continued their fine Premier League form with a draw at Chelsea yesterday, with both sides cancelling each other out at Stamford Bridge.
On the surface, it was a point both teams will take and move on with. This, despite Mourinho admitting his team seemed unhappy to have not won the game following the final whistle.
Amid all the brilliance Spurs have shown this season, led by Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, it is the performances of Tanguy Ndombele that have really started to the catch the eye of late.
The Frenchman, a big money signing from Lyon a few seasons back, struggled initially in north London. Indeed, there was talk this summer of Ndombele moving away from the club.
However, the midfielder has started the last seven Premier League games under Mourinho. In fact, so impressive has his turnaround been that it’s hard to argue that he’s not Mourinho’s biggest success story.
Most Tottenham fans would probably admit that they thought Ndombele’s time with the club was coming to an end. A £54m signing (BBC), it looked like being a case of what might have been for Ndombele.
But his turnaround under Mourinho has been remarkable. This is a player that started just 12 games last season and wasn’t involved in the final three Premier League fixtures at all.
Furthermore, we all saw in the Amazon docu-series that the Frenchman was struggling to adapt. It goes without saying, then, that Mourinho deserves credit for getting Ndombele going.
Of course, the player himself deserves praise. He has stepped up to the plate despite Tottenham’s high quality squad and has shunted the likes of Harry Winks and Gio Lo Celso out of the first XI.
Ndombele was superb at Chelsea yesterday, although one concern will be his ability to finish games. He has yet to complete 90 minutes in the PL this term. But in terms of a player buying into Mourinho’s methods, Ndombele is the perfect example.
Spurs fans – and Mourinho – will be hoping the midfielder continues his upward trend and finally prove a shrewd purchase for the club.