Tottenham drew 1-1 with Burnley yesterday and afterwards boss Jose Mourinho suggested that Tanguy Ndombele isn’t doing enough (BBC Sport).
The French defensive midfielder arrived from Lyon during the summer. He cost £54 million and became the club’s record signing.
Burnley had the lead through Chris Wood but Dele Alli’s late penalty kick ensured a share of the spoils for Tottenham.
Ndombele was playing in his 27th game in all competitions but was subbed at half-time.
Mourinho wasn’t impressed with his performance and suggested the player should be doing more.
He told BBC Sport: “In the first half we didn’t have a midfield.
“Of course I’m not speaking about (Oliver) Skipp because he’s a kid of 19 who’s played two hours in the last few days. I don’t criticise him at all.
“But I’m not going to run away and 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 to a different league.
“He has to give more than he is currently and I was expecting more in the first half from him.”
The form of Ndombele is providing Mourinho with something of a conundrum.
Despite his Tottenham career still in its infancy, it would seem that the midfielder is already facing a fight for his future.
Mourinho will want to make his own mark on the squad next summer and if Spurs miss out on the Champions League, it could seriously damage his kitty.
Some supporters will have perhaps seen enough in the games he has played to suggest he can still become good.
Ndombele is clearly suffering with the demands of the Premier League and it remains to be seen just how long Mourinho will persist with him.
Spurs do have a decent plethora of midfield talent and Mourinho might opt to offload him if he doesn’t improve.
It would probably see the club take a loss on their record signing and his form is certainly providing Mourinho with a sizeable conundrum.