Chelsea have claimed only four points from their first four games of the new Premier League season, with Crystal Palace beating the champions 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Speaking on Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports, Northcroft claimed Mourinho is unhappy having seemingly missed out on the signings of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Everton defender John Stones.
“He hasn’t got what he wanted,” said the Sunday Times journalist. “I think he wanted Pogba at the start of the summer, that was one he pushed for. And obviously he wanted Stones.
“The decline of certain players has probably shocked him. People like [Cesc] Fabregas, [Nemanja] Matic, [Branislav] Ivanovic in particular, and then somebody like John Terry going over that hill defenders go over. I think he’s been spooked by that.
“It’s typical Mourinho behaviour to show signs of rebellion when things aren’t going his way.
“It already feels like the title is City’s title to lose. If they maintain what they’re doing they’ve got enough already. Chelsea need a huge, huge winning run now and they look so far from that.”
The Daily Telegraph’s Jason Burt echoed Northcroft’s words.
“If he’s not getting what he wants [in the transfer market], history tends to show he does kick off,” Burt said.
“He’s not got what he wanted and he’s going to start complaining more and more. That’s what he does. It happened last time at Chelsea and it’s happened at every club he’s been at.
“He will not want to be blamed if Chelsea don’t retain the title or don’t have a good run in the Champions League, he’ll start blaming other people.
“It could get increasingly intense and difficult for everyone. We know that when Mourinho doesn’t get what he wants he becomes very fractious.”
Regardless of the targets Chelsea may have missed out on this summer, this is still the team that won the Premier League title last season. There is no excuse for their poor start.
Have Terry, Ivanovic, Fabregas and Matic really declined to the extent it would appear or can the Blues’ poor performances be attributed to a manager trying to make a point about the need for new signings?
With Mourinho, you certainly wouldn’t rule out the latter but, whatever the answer, the Portuguese has to shoulder responsibility for the problems.