By Noel Whelan

19th Dec, 2020 | 11:13am

'I'm Very Surprised' - Pundit Exclusive: Mourinho may regret axing Tottenham star

Noel Whelan has tipped Jose Mourinho to restore Tanguy Ndombele to the Tottenham starting XI but claimed he may regret axing him against Liverpool.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admitted he was surprised to see the 23-year-old left as an unused substitute on Wednesday night.

The France international had played 67 minutes against Crystal Palace in the Lilywhites’ previous game but was forced to watch from the sidelines as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sealed a 2-1 win for the Reds.

However, Whelan believes Mourinho may be regretting not using Ndombele against Jurgen Klopp’s men and suggested he would be called upon for Sunday’s home tie against the Foxes.

Asked if he thought Ndombele would be back against Leicester, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah, I would have thought he’d have played in that game (v Liverpool) because he’s one of these players now that’s really turned the corner at Tottenham and has been very instrumental in their results and them picking up points.

“You’ve seen the change in his game, he’s contributed on both sides now – going forward assists, but also doing that defending, the hard work, that Jose Mourinho was calling for and the reason why he dropped him (last season).

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“He’s been giving everything that was expected now and the price tag demands, so I’m very surprised because you’re expecting the better players to be playing in these top-level matches.

“Whatever reason he had behind it, I’m sure no one’s going to question Jose Mourinho and what he’s done in the game, and the team that he picks out there and win a game of football but I think when someone’s playing as well as he is, to leave him out on the bench, he might look back and think: ‘Hmm, did I make the right decision that night?'” 

In other news, Tottenham have been tipped to pull off stunning £40million saving as player deal on the cards.