Tottenham Hotspur ‘s boss, José Mourinho, insisted that he still believes in record signing Tanguy Ndombele, adding that the Frenchman would still turn things around.
Ndombele has endured a frustrating debut season in England marred by fitness and form issues and has recently been benched by Mourinho, although reports of a split have been reported in the partnership between the two.
Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was hailed as a potential replacement for the troubled Frenchman, who is said to have told Mourinho that he plans to leave this summer, but the manager argued that Ndombele still has time to get it together.
“If you have no talent, you have no chance,” said Mourinho of Ndombele (via The Telegraph). “When you have talent, you have a chance.
“Football is full of players who began tough and then ended well. He was called the worst signing in their history when Luka Modrić arrived at Real Madrid after six months. He was a champion a few months later, then a few months later he was European champion and then a few months later he was named the best player in the world. So, with adaptation, many things can happen when the talent is there.”
Ndombele has played just 12 Premier League games so far this season and has been an unused substitute since the restart in both Spurs’ matches, but Mourinho maintains that having good players on the bench is a sign of a squad’s continuity.
“If you’re a big club and want to be a bigger club, you’ve got lots of great players, you’ve got no patch or six, 10 or 11, you’ve got lots of very good players. If you’ve got a lot of good players you’ve got a lot of choices. You can face the season, you can face all the contests and then the teams, the fans, you the press, everybody has to realize that you can only start matches with 11 if you have lots of good players. It looks like it is common in many other clubs to have great players on the bench. You ‘re going to United you ‘re going to Chelsea, you ‘re going to Real Madrid, you ‘re going to Barcelona, there are plenty of top players on the bench at Bayern Munich. That is perfectly natural,” he said.
“At Tottenham, if a good player is on the bench, what I hear is a drama and the players have to realize that it’s not a drama. You have to understand that this is not a drama and that everybody has to understand that it is not a drama,” he said in continuation.