Ndombele hasn’t delivered for Spurs… but Mourinho risks alienating £65m talent

first_imgTANGUY NDOMBELE arrived at Tottenham to much fanfare in the summer, with Daniel Levy marking the end of Spurs’ 517-day transfer drought by obliterating the club’s transfer record on the £65million Frenchman.The 23-year-old had earned glittering reviews for his remarkable performances in Ligue 1 with Lyon – showing poise and grace on the ball, coupled with an incredible ability to drive his team forward.4 Jose Mourinho has publicly criticised Tanguy NdombeleCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdThe excitement of finally securing a big-name, highly-coveted star, as well as the belief that Ndombele could replace the generational talent that was Mousa Dembele in the Spurs engine room – sent fans into delirium.So why hasn’t it worked it out?After Ndombele’s latest appearance against Burnley, boss Jose Mourinho scathingly said that his side “Didn’t have a midfield.”He then offered a brutal assessment of the six-cap French international, saying: “I’m not going to run away and I have to say he  has had enough time to come to a different level.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.Jose Mourinho on Tanguy Ndombele”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.”Clearly Mourinho is unhappy with Ndombele’s output, with Spurs’ No28 looking bereft of fitness and belief of late.But it had actually started quite well.4 The £65million signing has struggled for form of lateCredit: AFP or licensorsAs Dembele had done seven years previously, Ndombele actually marked his debut in N17 with a goal, fizzing a low shot past Tom Heaton as Tottenham provided a rousing comeback to beat Aston Villa on the opening day.In the early days of the season under Mauricio Pochettino, his new big-money signing showed glimpses of the outrageous talent that saw him linked with Europe’s elite clubs before joining Spurs.But even under the Argentine, there were bad signs of things to come.For an hour against Bayern Munich, Ndombele was irrepressible.He was everywhere, creating chances, hustling the Bayern midfielders – and looking every inch a £65million player.But then he got tired.Spurs subsequently lost control of the game, Ndombele was substituted and his team fell apart – going down 7-2 in one of the most embarrassing nights in the club’s history.Fitness has gone on to be a huge issue, with the midfielder completing 90 minutes only once since August 17.To be clear, the blame cannot be levelled entirely at Mourinho for Ndombele’s under-performance, but throwing his star under the bus so publicly feels like the wrong way to approach the issue.The 57-year-old has a long history of digging out his players, with Joe Cole in his firing line during his first Chelsea stint – while he even suggested that Ricardo Carvalho needed “an IQ test”.But Ndombele is from a new generation of player that doesn’t respond to the bully-boy tactics quite as well – just look at the way things fell apart for Mourinho at Manchester United.Having consistently dug out the likes of Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the atmosphere around the club had turned toxic.According to the Telegraph, Mourinho told Fred that his “days at this club are numbered,” after substituting the Brazilian during a Champions League home defeat to Valencia.The midfielder has proven his former boss wrong, however, going on to become a key cog in a Man United team currently residing above Spurs in the Premier League table.Talent-wise, surely Ndombele is worth nurturing and persisting with, despite the obvious frustration.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on Spurs4 Ndombele was hooked at half time against the ClaretsCredit: Alamy Live NewsLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongAfter all, Spurs aren’t a club that can just go and spend another £65million on a replacement.Tottenham were sold on a Mourinho that had “changed” and learned from his previous mistakes – so why does he appear to be acting in exactly the same way?Fred succeeded at Old Trafford by outlasting Mourinho… perhaps Ndombele may have to do the same if he is to fulfil his potential in North London…4 The Frenchman has struggled for fitness at SpursCredit: Reuters Harry Kane spotted in Tottenham training for first time since hamstring injury in huge England Euro 2020 boostlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals fans as GM of the Cardinals for

first_imgArizona Cardinals fans, as GM of the Cardinals for the #PFFMock, I drafted: pic.twitter.com/CJyc1S9dHY— Jordan Plocher (@PFF_Jordan) April 20, 2017For the Cardinals’ purposes, it would be surprising to see a kicker selected before a quarterback — Plocher has Arizona drafting Cal’s Davis Webb in the fourth round — considering the pressing need.The Cardinals using a high draft pick on a kicker is even less likely considering they inked 42-year-old Phil Dawson to replace the departed Chandler Catanzaro this offseason.The counterpoint: Keim would be smart to hedge on the fact that the 18-year veteran Dawson won’t be around forever.Still, Plocher demonstrates just how highly sought-after Gonzalez will be in the NFL Draft. Alreay, PFF’s Gordon McGuinness wrote that Gonzalez could go by the end of the third round, and SB Nation’s Adam Stites predicted Gonzalez is off the board somewhere in the second round. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Could Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez be nailing 50-plus yard field goals in Glendale next season?Arizona Cardinals fans who are also ASU fans probably wouldn’t mind adding the Lou Groza Award winner. It’s just a question of what the price would be for general manager Steve Keim to acquire the Sun Devil product.In Pro Football Focus’ #PFFMock on Twitter, analyst Jordan Plocher, on behalf of the Cardinals, drafted Gonzalez in the third round of a seven-round mock. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez (5) kicks a field goal from the hold of Matt Haack (26) as Northern Arizona’s Maurice Davison (20) arrives late during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more