Tottenham beat West Ham 2-0
It was a bit of a slog, but Spurs claimed maximum points on Tuesday night in the Premier League with a 2-0 home win against West Ham.
After VAR chalked off a Son Heung-min goal at the end of the first half after a hairline offside decision, Tottenham eventually broke the deadlock courtesy of a Tomas Soucek own goal early in the second half.
Harry Kane scored the crucial second goal on his 200th appearance for Spurs.
Tanguy Ndombele’s future at Spurs plunged into doubt after West Ham
Tottenham’s last Premier League match before the UK went into lockdown was a 1-1 draw at Burnley.
After that game, Jose Mourinho tore into Tanguy Ndombele in his post-match press conference. Ndombele was hooked at halftime at Turf Moor, and Mourinho later said:
In the first half we didn’t have a midfield… I’m not going to run away and I have to say (Ndombele) has had enough time to come to a different level.
I know the Premier League is difficult and some players take a long time to adapt to a different league. But a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us, especially when you see how Lucas, Lo Celso and those players are playing. I was expecting more in the first half from him.
In Tottenham’s first game back after the restart, Ndombele sat on the bench for the 1-1 draw with Man United.
On Tuesday against West Ham, the £53.8 million signing from Lyon was again left to watch on the sidelines.
So why isn’t Mourinho using Ndombele? According to reports out of France, Ndombele has told Mourinho he wants out.
Has Ndombele told Mourinho he won’t play for him again?
Reporter Julien Maynard, who works for the esteemed Telefoot TV show in France, broke the news on Tuesday that Ndombele has had a major falling out with Mourinho.
It’s claimed that, during a meeting last week, Ndombele told Mourinho he no longer wants to play for him.
Info @telefoot_TF1 Le torchon brûle entre José Mourinho et Tanguy Ndombélé. Lors d’un RDV cette semaine, le milieu a fait savoir à son entraîneur qu’il ne souhaite plus évoluer sous ses ordres.
— Julien Maynard (@JulienMaynard) June 23, 2020
In addition, reports during the West Ham game noted that Ndombele failed to warm up.
The French midfielder appeared to show zero interest in getting on the pitch in the London derby.
For those asking for Tanguy Ndombele, I haven’t actually seen him warm up yet at any point in the game, unless I’ve missed him at some point. The players do warm up in front of us as well.
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) June 23, 2020
What Mourinho said about Ndombele after West Ham
After the West Ham match, Mourinho was specifically asked about the Ndombele rumour. During his post-game presser, Mourinho fielded the following questions and answers.
Question: Tanguy Ndombele didn’t even warm-up today and there have been reports from France that the two of you have had a disagreement, is there any truth to that?
Mourinho: No. On the bench was Tanguy, Sessegnon, Toby, Vertonghen, Gedson and they didn’t play. That’s football. For me there’s nothing. I had attacking players on the bench, Lamela and Bergwijn. Two great players to bring on and then Winks to give us more consistency. This situation of the five changes, some people maybe think that you have to use all five changes. You don’t have to do it. You have the chances to do it.
I felt that the team was fine. I never believed that 2-0 was a completely safe result because they were trying everything and one goal could change the state of mind and give them the motivation in the final minutes so I decided to keep the team stable and three changes was enough.
Question: So Tanguy has been okay with you about not getting any minutes in the first couple of games?
Mourinho: You know, it’s not just him. I try to do the best for my team. I cannot start the game with 12 or 13 players, I try to do the best for the team. Sometimes I apologise to my players that are not my first choice because I feel their work in training deserves something more than I give but I have to do my job the best I can and I felt for these two matches I didn’t need him.
Ndombele: Barcelona, PSG or limbo?
We’ve previously reported that Ndombele is a possible target for Barcelona and PSG this summer. That’s been noted by the Athletic.
However, the chances of Ndombele leaving Spurs may have plummeted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While Spurs will be loath to lose money on the player, it’s difficult to see any club stumping up what Tottenham paid for Ndombele following his performances in 2019-20.
Will Ndombele leave on loan? Would Spurs sanction that?
This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.
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