Tottenham boss Mourinho should keep faith with Barcelona linked Ndombele, said the ex-manager of Spurs Hoddle


A Spurs legend do not believe that the tactician, the Portuguese would have to abandon the mercurial French midfielder for now

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho should keep faith with the rumoured Barcelona target Tanguy Ndombele, according to Glenn Hoddle, who insists, ” there’s a player in there waiting to come out “.Spurs paid a club-record fee of £65 million ($81m) to bring Ndombele in north London from Lyon last summer.

The French committed to a five-year contract with the club, but his first season in the Premier League has not gone as well as supporters had hoped.

The 23-year-old has featured in 27 games in all competitions, scoring two goals, but his commitment and his work rate has been questioned on several occasions. Mourinho has publicly criticized Ndombele of fitness levels after a 1-1 draw with Burnley on March 7, leading to speculation about his future at Tottenham.

Barcelona would be interested in the former Lyon star, but Hoddle believes his former club regret the selling of a midfielder who has the potential to be a “sensational” player.

Spurs legend says Premier League Productions: “Ndombele I think there’s a player, he is [Mourinho] have yet to find that.

“If he went too far with this boy, and that they will not be back as a player, I don’t know, but I sincerely believe that there’s a player in there waiting to come out. If it is passed, I think it would be great somewhere. ”

Hoddle went on to express his belief that Tottenham need to bring in three new players to start a challenge amongst the elite sides domestic and European fronts again.

The 62-year-old, who has led the Lilywhites between 2001 and 2003, said Mourinho should give priority, replacing Christian Eriksen, who joined Inter in the transfer window of January.

“In the long term, I think they need two new full backs, I think they need a passer in midfield,” Hoddle added. “A lot of players at Tottenham for the time being, they run with the ball. Too many players not releasing the ball quickly.

“Winks is probably the only one who can do it, but is there a [Christian] Eriksen?

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“This is how Kane is going to score goals, of the good crosses coming in your back and a midfield player – Eriksen and Kane has had little contact with the eyes.

“I don’t think they have that for the moment, I think that too many players hold the ball too long in midfield, and the teams and crowd them.

“There are a lot of tactical work to do on the training pitch, but also people who need to up their game if they are going to be in the [top five]. “


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