Tanguy Ndombele Desire Pleases Jose Mourinho

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Tanguy Ndombele is working harder than ever in training, according to Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mourinho. The Spurs boss feels that if the Frenchman can maintain that intensity, he can unlock his ‘incredible potential’ to shine in North London.

Ndombele struggled during his first season in England and was often subject to criticism towards his work-rate and desire.

Tanguy Ndombele is ‘Working Better Than Ever’ Ahead of New Season

Midfielder Struggled to Impress Last Season

The 23-year-old joined Spurs from French club Lyon for £54 million last summer. However, the midfielder often appeared unsettled during a disrupted campaign which saw Mauricio Pochettino sacked and replaced by José Mourinho.

This led to speculation linking Ndombele with a move away from the club after just one season, with the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan reportedly interested.

Ndombele’s performances on the pitch also came in for scrutiny. The club-record signing was substituted at half time during a league game against Burnley in March and was criticised by his manager for a string of lacklustre showings.

“I was expecting players not tired to give more to the team, and I think somebody has to realise that this is the Premier League. This is a new experience, and the first time he comes to Burnley, and I hope next season he can be fantastic because right now it is not enough,” said Mourinho of his decision to withdraw the player after 45 minutes.

Mourinho Now Impressed With Ndombele Attitude

It now appears Ndombele has won over his manager ahead of the new campaign. The player’s new-and-improved work-rate has led Mourinho to repeat his belief in the potential he has to deliver for the club.

“He’s working very hard. I have to be honest and say he is working better than ever,” Mourinho told football.london ahead of his side’s opening fixture against Everton on Sunday.

“So the point now is can he keep that commitment and desire? If he does it, he has incredible potential.”

Ndombele is looking to build on a debut campaign in which he made 29 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice.

 

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