McLeish: Mourinho may be facing Tottenham dressing room split after Son confession
Alex McLeish has suggested there may be some disharmony over Jose Mourinho’s favouritism towards Harry Kane and Heung-min Son at Tottenham.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested “a lot” of players would be feeling “unloved” in north London.
As quoted by football.london, Mourinho admitted an “accumulation of games” had led to Son’s hamstring injury blow.
The Portuguese boss has since confirmed the South Korea star is “very doubtful” for Sunday’s visit to Aston Villa.
Only Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Hugo Lloris have played more minutes for Spurs than Son this season.
The versatile attacker has played in all but five of a possible 46 matches across all competitions.
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Meanwhile, the likes of Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela and Gareth Bale have all played at least 1000 minutes less than their teammate.
McLeish insisted injuries were “inevitable” when a player features as much as Son has this term.
He also suggested a lack of rotation may have led to discontent around the camp.
Asked if he thought Mourinho did not trust other players to step up in Son’s absence, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I guess Jose kind of inherited that. There’s a couple of players that have come in since he arrived but certainly, Son is a talisman.
“He is a key player, he’s a Harry Kane-type player. Mourinho’s called them animals. I guess a lot of the other players will feel unloved: ‘The manager loves Harry and Son, what about me?’
“The good thing about ‘me’ is that you’ve got to show a little bit more.
“The goal we saw the other night (v Arsenal) was something pretty incredible. I’d like to see more of them. There has to be more of those kind of performances.
“The players are playing so many games that it’s inevitable injuries are going to be part of the process.”