Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has said that midfielder Dele Alli should adopt the example set by Tanguy Ndombele.
Mourinho said of Ndombele “I am very pleased [with him],” ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Newcastle.
“All the time, I claim, when a player progresses it’s the job of a player, it’s the responsibility of the player. It’s not the coach that makes the miracle. The player does it on his own; he has to understand how to go in the right direction. Tanguy is doing really well, step by step.”
“I have not spoken to Tanguy. I just think he didn’t know the way it was moving was the right one. Players realize that I don’t offer places for free all the time.”
“The players have to fight, they have to win, just because he was an expensive buy or because he’s an essential player, I will never give him a place in the squad. He has to do that by himself, probably with the help of his teammates, he went in a good direction.”
When asked if the reaction of Ndombele was what he expects to see from Alli and those who are out of favor, Mourinho said: “Yeah, I want to see that.”
“I don’t want players to moan, I don’t want players to be annoyed, I don’t want players to feel if I don’t pick them up, I’ve got something against them.”
“I want people to compete for the minutes they get to be on the field because you have to realize when you play for Tottenham, the team needs to get better and stronger, and that the rewards are going to be better and greater, and that people can’t feel comfortable on the field.”