Kevin Phillips has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele could be drinking in the “last chance saloon” at the club if he doesn’t start putting in more effort on the field.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England striker suggested that the 23-year-old is running out of opportunities to prove his worth to manager Jose Mourinho.
The Frenchman came in for public criticism from his boss following the 1-1 draw against Burnley last weekend, with Mourinho openly admitting that he expects from Spurs’ record signing.
And Phillips believes that the manager’s comments are more than justified.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I suppose you could call me a bit old-fashioned, but I don’t have any problem with a player being outed, as long as it’s not being done every week. Every now and then, why not?
“For me, I can accept having a poor game technically – your touch is off or you’ve missed controlled things or your passing is off – but there’s absolutely no excuse not to go out and try your hardest.
“For a top player who has come in for a hell of a lot of money, who’s playing in a top team, it’s bordering on disgraceful.
“Mourinho isn’t daft. He won’t have come out and outed him without trying everything else first. It stinks of the last chance saloon to me.
“Mourinho will be hoping to get a response from Ndombele, and if he doesn’t, he won’t be in his plans for next season, that’s for sure.”
Ndombele’s performance against Burnley also prompted Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher to heavily criticise him, with the ex-Liverpool man branding him a “disgrace”.
The £54 million midfielder has made 19 Premier League appearances for Spurs this term, scoring twice and providing two assists.
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