José Mourinho, manager of Tottenham Hotspur, insisted that the record signing Tanguy Ndombele was not a mistake by saying he believes that the Frenchman can still turn things around.
“If you don’t have talent, you don’t have any chance,” Mourinho said of Ndombele (via The Telegraph). “If you have talent, you have a chance.
“Football is full of players who have made difficult starts and then ended well. When Luka Modrić arrived at Real Madrid after six months he was labelled the worst signing in their history. A few months later he was a champion, then a few months later he was European champion and then a few months later he was voted the best player in the world. So, when the talent is there many things can happen with adaptation.”
Ndombele is said to have told Mourinho he intends to depart this summer. And Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, of Southampton, has been praised as a possible replacement for the troubled Frenchman.
However, Mourinho maintained that Ndombele still has time to get it together.
Ndombele has experienced a difficult debut season in England marred by fitness and form problems. So far this season, he has played only 12 Premier League games and has been an unused substitute in both Spurs’ matches since the restart.
But, despite being benched and having a rumoured rift in his relationship with the Mourinho, his coach Mourinho insists that getting good players on the bench is a symbol of the consistency of a squad:
“When you are a big club and you want to be a bigger club, you have lots of big players, you don’t have fix or six, 10 or 11, you have lots of very good players. When you have lots of good players, you have lots of options.
“You can face the season, you can face all the competitions and then the players, the fans, you the press, everyone has to understand that when you have lots of good players, you can only start matches with 11.
“In many other clubs, it looks like it’s normal to have great players on the bench. You go to United, you go to Liverpool, you go to Real Madrid, you go to Barcelona, Bayern Munich have lots of top players on the bench. That is normal.
“In Tottenham, what I feel is every time a top player is on the bench it’s a drama and the players have to understand that it’s not a drama. You have to understand it’s not a drama and everybody has to understand it’s not a drama.”