Darren Bent has claimed Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho cannot “rely” on club record signing Tanguy Ndombele enough to play him every week.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs hitman praised the 23-year-old for his high level of ability, but suggested that he must find a way to be more physically durable if he is to become a key player in north London.
Bent’s comments come after Mourinho drew widespread criticism for breaking governmental quarantine guidelines to host a training session with the Frenchman in a London park.
And Bent has claimed that the boss’ decision to flout the rules may be rooted in a lack of trust in the midfielder.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I think when you’ve got somebody like Ndombele, with all that ability and all that quality, but he can’t produce it on a regular basis – Mourinho doesn’t need players like that right now.
“He needs players that are going to be out there every single week. When you look at some of the best players that he’s had, one thing they’ve all got in common is that they’re all very durable. They can play game after game after game.
“Jose’s probably thinking to himself, that he’s got all the ability in the world, but he needs someone who can play week after week. He can’t take the risk of it being every now and then.
“They can’t rely on him as much they would like.”
Ndombele arrived in North London from Ligue 1 side Lyon for a fee of around £54 million.
Since then he has made 27 appearances across all competitions, scoring just two goals and registering four assists.
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