Jose Mourinho insists Tanguy Ndombele’s revival is proof the door is always open for any player to turn things around at Tottenham.
Ndombele was the subject of a scathing rant from Mourinho in March 2020 where the 24-year-old’s desire was called into question after an abject performance at Burnley, but Mourinho argues the manner of his transformation since has given hope to those on fringes of the Spurs squad they may just have a future at the club.
Spurs’ club-record signing capped another influential performance with a goal-of-the-season contender in Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Sheffield United, restoring their two-goal lead at Bramall Lane after David McGoldrick had halved the two-goal lead first-half goals from Serge Aurier and Harry Kane had secured.
“I have coached for so many years and had so many players, I have enough experience to say and to feel that when a player is not playing well it’s his responsibility, and when a player turns things around and bring performance level to very high level it is also his responsibility,” Mourinho said.
“With me, the door is always open, even after a difficult period last season. The door is always open when a player wants to come in the direction of the team. The team is on the other side of the door, if the player wants to walk through the door it’s open.