Danny Mills says that something has clearly happened between Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and manager Jose Mourinho after the player’s recent absence from the side.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender believes that the French international may not be doing what the Portuguese boss is asking him either in matches or on the training ground.
Having seen the 23-year-old left on the bench against both Norwich City and Southampton this week, Mills says there is clearly some sort of issue between manager and player.
Mills told Football Insider: “There’s clearly a clash of some kind or something’s happened behind the scenes for Mourinho to do the things he’s done and say the things he’s said already.
“A manager doesn’t go in day one and say: ‘Alright, you’re out.’ It doesn’t happen like that. Managers need players, they know that. Managers will give players the opportunity, they will ask them do something, if they don’t do it they will ask them again.
“If they ask them again after that then they start to get a little bit annoyed. Once they start to get annoyed, they’re like: ‘Come on, how many times have I got to tell you?’ Sometimes it’s like dealing with children.
“Players need to take responsibility for their own actions and own attitude at times and it’s too easy sometimes to blame the manager.”
Ndombele has played 20 times across all competitions for Spurs since his record-breaking arrival in north London, with two goals and three assists under his belt.
However, he has turned out just five times in the Premier League following Mourinho’s arrival, only two of those outings coming in the starting XI.
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