Jose Mourinho has already lost four members of the Tottenham squad and is in grave danger of the rest of them downing tools.

That is the view of former Aston Villa and England striker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Mourinho publicly blamed his players for their 2-2 draw to Newcastle United on Sunday.

A Harry Kane brace had seen Spurs come from behind to lead 2-1 before a late strike Joe Willock meant the points were shared at St. James’ Park.


Asked by the BBC why his side surrender a lead given his reputation for solid defensive displays, Mourinho said: “Same coach, different players.”

And Agbonlahor has insisted that his comments will alienate his players.

He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “You can already see there’s friction between him and Dele Alli, him and Gareth Bale, him and Serge Aurier, him and Matt Doherty, him and other players.

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“For me, you can’t do that in this era. You can’t come out and criticise your players. Players won’t take it.

“What they’ll do is wait for him to be sacked and perform under a new manager. He has to be very careful.

“I’m sure Daniel Levy will have his eye on it as well.

“Jose Mourinho is playing a very dangerous game. You’re going into the last 10 games of the season and the League Cup final. You can’t be upsetting your players.

“Maybe say it in the meeting room after the game but when you’re out with the media, just say you’re disappointed in the result and the team has to hold onto results. You can’t criticise players.

“If he’s not careful, he’s going to end up losing the changing room.”

In other news, Tottenham are laying the groundwork over a “sensational” new signing in a big hint over Mourinho’s future.