Darren Bent claimed that Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has to respect being given a “restricted” role to play in the team.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England forward admitted it was frustrating to see Ndombele play with more of a defensive-minded set given his quality.
The 22-year-old has played 16 times across all competitions this season and has already been deployed as a midfield-enforcer as well as an attacking midfielder.
Bent explained that Ndombele has to respect and buy into Mourinho wanting him to play defensively given the Portuguese manager’s previous success.
When asked about Ndombele playing more of a restricted role against Bournemouth, Bent told Football Insider: “Well listen Mourinho is a big manager and has won trophies at big clubs, so you’ve got to respect and buy into how he wants you to play.
“Yeah it is frustrating when you’ve got someone of that quality being restricted, but you saw yesterday Spurs defensively are still not at level Mourinho would want.
“I know they won, but they’re still shipping goals, 3-2, they are conceding goals and Mourinho is a defensive-minded coach and he’ll want to shore up the back-four first.
“Getting 1-0s, he’ll be happy, but with Spurs shipping two goals here, two goals there, he’s not going to be happy with that.
“So that’s why he’s asking players to play restricted roles, but if they’re winning games and moving up the league, then no one can really grumble.”
The French midfielder joined Spurs from Lyon in the summer with the London club paying £53.8million to acquire his services.
Ndombele has already shown off his attacking qualities for Spurs this season as he has registered three assists and racked up two goals in his outings.