Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit blasts Tottenham record signing Tanguy Ndombele Jose Mourinho has been left frustrated by the Spurs midfielder (Picture: Getty)‘When he is very motivated, fit and ready, with his mind and body, and when he has the ambition to perform well, he becomes a top player.’Gunners hero Petit added to The Sun: ‘This is a new country, a new culture and new football for him. A new way of playing with new physical and mental demands.‘He used to play with huge pressure at Lyon but he was protected. He has a lot of qualities right for French football but sometimes he used to rest on those types of things.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You cannot do that in England. If he wants to be a top player he needs to perform well every game.‘Every player has the right to a bad game now and then. But you don’t have the right not to give 100 per cent.’Like Mourinho, Petit has also questioned Ndombele’s physical condition and said: ‘Is he overweight? He looks a little bit. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Mar 2020 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link279Shares Tottenham record signing Tanguy Ndombele has struggled in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has blasted Tottenham record signing Tanguy Ndombele.French midfielder Ndombele joined Spurs from Lyon last summer in a club-record deal worth more than £50million.But the 23-year-old has struggled to live up to his price-tag, failing to impress Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, who publicly criticised him before the Premier League season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.Mourinho questioned Ndombele’s fitness and attitude and Arsenal hero Petit said: ‘He received the same criticisms at Lyon.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘We all know the potential of Ndombele. I like this type of player and I used to watch him in France.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He was not regularly a top player. Sometimes he could play a beautiful game — then three days later be average.‘He is not consistent enough. He doesn’t play well with any regularity. He has quality but I agree with Mourinho in that Ndombele could do much more. Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit (Picture: Getty)‘But his body language does not help him. He needs to improve physically. When I see him I think “Come on, you can do more than that”.’Despite struggling at Spurs, Ndombele has emerged as a target for Barcelona ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports in Spain.Reacting to the speculation, Petit said: ‘When I saw that I couldn’t believe it.’MORE: Jose Mourinho hijacks Manchester United’s transfer move for Diego GodinMORE: Alan Shearer sees Harry Kane leaving Tottenham next year in a hunt for trophies Comment Advertisement Advertisement
What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “Especially for a player like me, in and out of the rotation, the one thing you want is an opportunity,” he said. “Every day, you come in and work out. You prepare by coming in, putting in the work, spending hours in the gym practicing hard. The best thing you can do is treat your workouts and your practices like games, so when you treat those like games, and you step into the game, it makes the game a little more easy. You’re still not used to it because you’re not playing as much, but when you treat your workouts like games, it’s similar.“And you gotta stay confident and stay humble. Your confidence comes from the hours in training and the hours in the gym, and just playing. Even if you’re not in the rotation, you still gotta find a way to play and find a way to get in the gym, keep that feel and that confidence in your game.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Wallace also spent two seasons with the Clippers. The 25-year-old with a knack for getting to the rim averaged 3.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 10.1 minutes per game last season, when he wasn’t much of a threat from behind the 3-point line, shooting 4 for 19.The 2016 Cal graduate impressed Clippers coaches so much as as a two-way player in 2017-18 — when he averaged 9.7 points in 30 games with L.A. and 22.6 points in 26 games with Agua Caliente despite having to bounce between teams — that they matched the New Orleans Pelicans’ two-year, $3 million offer sheet last offseason.“The thing that would impress me the most is when they would leave us, they would travel all over the country, and when they would travel to us, they would travel all over the country — and then we’d just throw them in,” said Agua Caliente Coach Brian Adams, who was an L.A. Clippers assistant coach in 2017-18. “I remember Ty met us at the arena in Detroit and we found him sleeping in the locker room. There was a blizzard, he couldn’t make it to the hotel, so he just went to the arena at 12 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start. And then he played and we won, and he played a lot (16 minutes).“So respect, you know?” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “This is a very funny team,” Garrett Temple said last season shortly after arriving via trade from Memphis. “That’s one thing about the NBA, it’s hard to get on a team where there’s not at least one guy who’s funny, but this team, we’ve got three guys that are pretty funny.“I mean, Sindarius Thornwell literally should have his own comedy show. Lou Will (Lou Williams) is just funny because of the way he acts and walks and talks and P-Bev (Patrick Beverley) is hilarious too, same thing, we got a good group of guys here. A lot of levity in the locker room, and you gotta have that when you’re trying to chase the playoff spot and do some damage in the playoffs.”Thornwell, a 6-foot-5 South Carolinian, was selected 48th by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2017 NBA Draft, and his draft rights were bought by the Clippers, for whom he played a significant minutes in 2017-18 season, appearing in 73 games as a rookie on a roster depleted by injuries.Last season, he appeared in only 64 games, averaging 4.9 per outing, and he was utilized more as a situation defender, often appearing in the final few seconds of quarters or sometimes called into games to infuse the game with what Coach Doc Rivers called his “bulldog” defense.After seeing some playing time in a victory in December, Thornwell talked about working to stay ready to play even when his minutes were limited. The Clippers officially waived Sindarius Thornwell and Tyrone Wallace on Saturday, per the NBA.com’s transactions page.That leaves the Clippers with 12 players on their roster, including second-round rookie guard Terrance Mann, who stuffed the stat sheet Saturday in his first Summer League game against the Lakers.“Gotta love free agency,” Thornwell, a 25-year-old guard/forward, tweeted late Friday night, when the Clippers rocked the NBA with the news that they’d come to terms with Kawhi Leonard and traded for Paul George.Over the past two seasons, Thornwell averaged 2.5 points and 1.3 rebounds per game across 137 games with the Clippers, who considered him a comedic leader in the locker room.