Danny Mills has urged Tanguy Ndombele to work harder after Jose Mourinho took the shock move of publicly savaging the Tottenham midfielder.
The former Leeds United full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested Mourinho will be “incredibly frustrated” given the ability of the player.
The 23-year-old came under massive criticism from his own manager for his performance as the Lilywhites drew 1-1 away to Burnley on Saturday evening.
Ndombele did not complete a single sprint in the first half at Turf Moor whilst also registering the tenth lowest sprint speed of any Spurs player.
Mourinho had clearly seen enough at the break, replacing the holding midfielder with Giovani Lo Celso.
When asked for his assessment of the Portugese’s comments, Mills told Football Insider: “He has been very critical of Ndombele, not for the first time. I think he has got to that point where he is incredibly frustrated.
“You are not talking about Oliver Skipp here, a young kid, you are talking about an experienced £60million player.
“Mourinho has said before he has been given everything he needs to be a very good footballer – sports scientists, dieticians, nutritionists.
“There will be a massive level of frustration there from Mourinho because he knows there is a good player in there but he is not putting the work-rate and the effort in at the moment. He is talented and has a lot of ability but you need to work hard. The great players work harder than everybody else and that is what sets them apart. ”
In a post-match interview Mourinho told Sky Sports he “cannot keep giving Tanguy N’Dombele opportunities.”
The France international was signed from Lyon last summer in a club-record £56million deal and has made 27 appearances this campaign.
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