Mourinho points finger at Tottenham defenders; makes clear transfer plan

Date published: Thursday 14th January 2021 9:32 - James Marshment

Manchester United's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is adamant he does not expect Tottenham to make any new signings during the transfer window – but did strongly suggest he was angry at his defenders for allowing Fulham an equaliser.

Tottenham took a first-half lead through the ever-reliable Harry Kane after sublime service from Sergio Reguilon.

Son Heung-min squandered an opportunity to put the game to bed when hitting the post after the break.

That near-miss would go on to prove fatal when Ivan Cavaleiro nodded home an equalising goal mere minutes later.

After the game, Mourinho lamented his side’s inability to “kill the game off”.

The Portuguese firebrand is known as something of a ‘chequebook manager’. However, he is adamant he won’t be asking Daniel Levy for a penny this month.

That’s not because he doesn’t want new players; rather for his own admission that he doesn’t “feel the right to ask for something”.

That’s after the club signed seven new players during the summer amid a difficult financial situation in the game.

That backs up Mourinho’s comments last week, when he stated: “One thing is to analyse, which of course I do.

“It’s another thing to demand something which I never do. Another thing is to ask for and I’m not going to ask for anything. I respect the effort the club makes.”

However, Mourinho has intimated at a U-turn; not that he will be asking the question to Levy directly. The Spurs boss was asked what he would say to his defenders after a poorly conceded goal on Wednesday night. And it is clear that Mourinho has some frustrations with the ability of some members of his backline.

Having been tipped to try and sign a new defender this month, Mourinho sent what looks like a mixed message to Levy and the powers that be.

“I think there are things that have to be with the characteristics of players. There are things that are difficult too,” he said.

“There are some things they have to do with organisation of the team. But other things they have to do with individual skills, individual ability, and its as simple as that.”

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Eder Militao interest confirmed

One of those linked with Tottenham is Real Madrid defender Eder Militao.

Corriere dello Sport reported on Tuesday that Mourinho had asked Daniel Levy for just one January signing and that was centre-back Militao.

Eder Militao

The Brazilian defender is not getting game time at the Bernabeu. He is behind Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos and Nacho in the pecking order.

And now it seems the talk may well have substance with Sky Sports’ South American football expert Tim Vickery confirming Mourinho is keen on the 22-year-old.

Vickery told Sky Sports: “The big Brazilian defender is just about to turn 23. The news I’m hearing is that Jose Mourinho is certainly interested in the Real Madrid centre-back.

“That’s coming out of the Portuguese press who have good contact with Mourinho. I’d say watch this space. If Mourinho is interested, then maybe this will go through.

“He developed at Sao Paulo as a full-back before being turned into a centre-back at Porto. He is seen in Brazil as a long-term successor to Thiago Silva but at Real he’s not been getting a game.”

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