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Jamie Carragher Analysis Proves Jose Mourinho Was Right About Tanguy Ndombele

Jamie Carragher Analysis Proves Jose Mourinho Was Right About Tanguy Ndombele

If Tanguy Ndombele was hoping other people would come to his defence, after Jose Mourinho destroyed his performance against Burnley, then the Spurs midfielder was very much mistaken.

On Saturday evening Mourinho's side drew 1-1 at Turf Moor, a result which flattered them, and in the post match interviews the manager didn't hold back when talking about the club's record signing.

However this wasn't one of those occasions where Mourinho was making an example of a player for no reason, as Jamie Carragher proved on Monday Night Football with some brilliant analysis.

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Speaking about the 23-year-old Carragher said, "His performance was nothing short of a disgrace in terms of his effort off the ball.

"On the ball, he was very good. But off the ball...you can't believe what you're seeing.

"If you look at the stats, he was the best on the ball in terms of passes completed and accuracy - he very rarely loses the ball.

"But not one sprint in 45 minutes, the top speeds he was tenth - I imagine Hugo Lloris was number 11."

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Following the display Mourinho was very clear with the press who he blamed for the poor performance, saying, "In the first half we didn't have a midfield. Of course I'm not speaking of Skipp because he's a kid of 19 who's played two hours in the last few days. I don't criticise him at all.

"But I'm not going to run away and I have to say he [Ndombele] has had enough time to come to a different level.

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"I know the Premier League is difficult, and some players take a long time to adapt to a different league.

Mourinho's comments would not have made for happy reading for the midfielder. Image: PA Images
Mourinho's comments would not have made for happy reading for the midfielder. Image: PA Images

The north London side reportedly beat the likes of Manchester United and several other elite European clubs to the signing of the French midfielder from Lyon last summer.

They spent £55.45 million up front on him but he is yet to live up to his reputation and has only started 12 games in the league this season.

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Can Ndombele turn things around or will he be the latest player to fail to live up to Mourinho's expectations and be sold off?

Topics: Spurs, Football News, Aston Villa, Leicester City, Tanguy Ndombélé, Jose Mourinho, Monday Night Football, Sky Sports, Burnley, Jamie Carragher

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