Toby Alderweireld is one of the Tottenham players Jose Mourinho slaughtered after the shock Europa League loss to Dinamo Zagreb.
That is according to former White Hart Lane number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 32-year-old’s omission from the squad that drew 2-2 at Newcastle United on Sunday.
Alderweireld has been left out of Spurs’ last two Premier League matchday squads and he has not played a minute of action since the North London Derby loss last month.
Mourinho claimed the centre-half and Serge Aurier were not selected because they reported back late from international duty.
However, the Evening Standard dispute the Spurs manager’s claim and say Alderweireld returned on Wednesday before joining the squad for sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Robinson suggested Mourinho’s reasoning for omitting Alderweireld goes back to the Zagreb defeat, in which the Belgium international was an unused substitute.
“Alderweireld is a top defender and the best at the club in regards to ability, but there has been some noises over the past few weeks,” he told Football Insider.
“Mourinho has questioned his and others’ attitude and application.
“He spoke quite openly after the Zagreb defeat about certain players, about the way that they have acted but we didn’t know at the time who the comments were aimed at.
“Now, with no Aurier or Alderweireld in the team it has become apparent who those comments have been aimed at.”