Exclusive: Mills suggests Mourinho may believe Tottenham player suffers from 'Mental weakness'
Danny Mills suggested that Jose Mourinho may doubt the mental strength of Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele based on recent events.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England international shared he thought Mourinho was right to publicly reveal Ndombele omitted himself from the Boxing Day clash against Brighton.
The Spurs manager insisted Ndombele didn’t miss the win over Brighton due to injury but claimed the player informed him that he didn’t feel in a condition to play due to a fear stemming from previous injuries.
Mills explained that Mourinho may now be set to test Ndombele by going public with what happened and pointed out the Spurs boss doesn’t normally tolerate mental weakness.
When asked if Mourinho did the right thing making clear Ndombele wasn’t injured but asked to be omitted from the game with Brighton as the player surely knows his body best, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah he might do, but Mourinho will look at the situation and think hang on a minute you’re fit to train so why aren’t you fit to play?
“Medical issues…the physios are fantastic, the doctors are fantastic, everything is looked into, the tests are all done, all stones are unturned.
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“Maybe Mourinho thinks it’s a little bit of mental weakness which he will not suffer.
“So maybe he is testing Ndombele by saying okay if you’re going to say you’re not able to play, you’re not injured, so I’m going to tell the world.
“And that’s just being honest, there’s nothing wrong with that and it’s not like Ndombele is one of the most important players at Tottenham.
“He hasn’t been outstanding since his arrival, so I think Mourinho has every right to do that.”
The Spurs boss did opt to throw Ndombele back into his starting line-up for the 2-2 draw with Norwich City on Saturday.
Mourinho even ended up praising the 23-year-old for his performance after notably saying he was grateful ahead of the Canaries clashes that the midfielder wanted to play.
In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent says that one player has “done himself no favours” in trying to convince Jose Mourinho.