Tottenham’s recent draw to Burnley has led their boss in a state of dismal.

Jose Mourinho has started being his usual self; blunt and clear on the face. And to begin his tally, he has blamed Tanguy Ndombele for his ill performances.

The record fee transfer from Lyon has not been a pint of what everyone was expecting and has been disappointing. I agree that it is his first season but to be in a team like Spurs, you always have to make it count.

Blaming Ndombele for poor midfield performance, Mourinho said: “In the first half we didn’t have a midfield,”

“Of course I’m not speaking of Skipp because he’s a kid of 19 who’s played two hours in the last few days. I don’t criticise him at all.

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“But I’m not going to run away and I have to say he [Ndombele] has had enough time to come to a different level.

“I know the Premier League is difficult, and some players take a long time to adapt to a different league.

“But a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us, especially when you see how Lucas, Lo Celso and those players are playing. I was expecting more in the first half from him.”

Talking about the same, Mourinho also hinted that Ndombele may well not start from next game onwards.

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“Many fantastic players in their first season, in a new country, for different reasons they struggle,” the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss added. “There have been many examples of that.

“He’s a player with great talent. He has to know he has to do much better and know I cannot keep giving him opportunities to play because the team is much more important.”

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