By Alan Hutton

10th Mar, 2020 | 6:01pm

'I'm not a fan' - Exclusive: Ex-Tottenham star fumes over Mourinho player admission

Alan Hutton has blasted Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho for his stunning rant over midfield star Tanguy Ndombele.

The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that such criticism should take place behind closed doors and not in the public domain.

Mourinho, who substituted the 23-year-old at half time against Burnley, tore into the midfielder after the game, stating: “a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us.”

He went on to say that he “cannot keep giving him opportunities to play,” after his disappointing performance.

Hutton thinks the Portuguese boss was wrong to single Ndombele out in the media, admitting he hopes the France international is mentally strong enough to deal with the criticism.

“I’m not a massive fan, I’m really not a fan,” Hutton told Football Insider when questioned about Mourinho’s comments.

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“It’s not the first time he’s done it, he came out and said about his injuries and when his body’s sore he doesn’t want to play. The other day, took him off at half time and said he wasn’t good enough.

“That’s fair enough, you can say whatever you want in the dressing room if you want to give him a talking to but me personally, I would want my manager supporting me in the media.

“He’s only a young boy, I know he’s come with a big price tag but he’s only 23. He’s come from a different league and he’s settling in. Is going and saying that going to make him better? I’m not so sure.” 

Ndombele has a total of 27 appearances, two goals and four assists for Spurs since joining in a record-breaking deal last summer.

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has been left fuming over one player’s omission from the side.