Tottenham players are unhappy that Jose Mourinho decided to publicly criticise Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports.
The midfielder signed from Lyon in the summer for a reported €62m but has only managed to play 90 minutes on five occasions for Spurs this season.
Ndombele looked sharp in a 20-minute cameo – setting up Heung-min Son’s goal – in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester City, his first appearance since hobbling off with a hip injury at St. Mary’s on New Year’s Day.
And the Frenchman started in Spurs’ 3-2 victory over Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round replay on Wednesday night, creating the opening goal when his shot got a big deflection off Jack Stephens and flew into the net.
He would only last 61 minutes though as he was replaced by Dele Alli with Tottenham level at 1-1 at that point.
The Tottenham boss has also said in the past that Ndombele is “always injured” and after he missed Spurs’ 2-1 win over Brighton earlier in the season that “he was not injured but not feeling in a condition to play.”
And now The Athletic say that the public calling out ‘did not go down well’ with some of Mourinho’s Tottenham squad.
The report added: ‘Those uncomfortable about it felt that Mourinho would have been better off dealing with the issue privately and that it should have been more of a discussion between the head coach and the club’s medical staff.’
How to get the best out of Ndombele remains ‘as much of a conundrum within the club as it is on social media’.