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
Press Association Hughton added: “It [lack of goals] is a concern, and it has to be, but we also have to look at the positives. “We have managed to stop a poor run, albeit not with wins.” Fulham boss Martin Jol, meanwhile, had his preparations hampered by players coming back late from international duty and also a virus hitting the squad. “Bryan Ruiz only came to us yesterday at the hotel, Stanislav Manolev was not even here, he was in London and had to come up in a cab this morning,” Jol said. “Sascha Riether had to leave [with illness], Chris Baird also had the same problem with a bug, and so we had two players making their debuts. “We lacked a bit of momentum and tempo, so we could not hurt them, especially in the first half.” Dimitar Berbatov had to go off to the changing room to have stitches in a blooded nose after being caught in the face by high boot from Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson inside the first few minutes. “I get very irritated by that, when someone kicks you and you have to go off for five minutes. Later Hugo [Rodallega] was also kicked and he had to go off, and they played again with 11 against 10,” he said. “We have got to change that because it is an awful rule, you should send their player away as well for five minutes and play 10 against 10.” The Canaries have now found the net just once in the past six league and FA Cup games. However, after only conceding two in that run after shipping five at Liverpool on January 19, Hughton will try to remain upbeat about his team’s chances of staying clear of being dragged into the battle for survival. “Fulham have a lot of quality in their side, but we are disappointed because we are at home and the emphasis was to look to get three points,” said the Norwich manager. “We did not have enough in the final third and lacked that bit of quality, but it is a point and if you cannot win these games, you certainly have to make sure you do not lose them.” Norwich manager Chris Hughton admitted his side lacked a cutting edge in attack as their barren run continued with a goalless draw against Fulham at Carrow Road.