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Joe Cole

Joe Cole knows what it is like to receive a public dressing down from Jose Mourinho and has urged Tanguy Ndombele to react to his in the right way.

Mourinho called out Tottenham's record signing after a 1-1 draw at Burnley on March 7, saying the midfielder "has to give us more than he is giving us".

The Portuguese felt he had reached breaking point with Ndombele, who has failed to deliver in his first season since a £63million summer move from Lyon.

The Frenchman has battled niggling fitness issues throughout the campaign, leading to Mourinho saying he is "always injured", and when he has been fit there have been times that his work-rate has been questioned.

Cole has been on the end of similar treatment from Mourinho as he was singled out for criticism when at Chelsea, first over his lack of desire to defend and then over showboating.

The former England international says Ndombele has to take the criticism on the chin and provide the right response.

"When it happened to me, it was not a problem," Cole said. "It is a grown up's sport. If you don't play well or you don't do what you are supposed to do, whether you expect to get criticised publicly or not, you need to be tough, you need to understand the nature of the beast.

"He is a young man, the right response is to knuckle down and perform.

"I saw the performance in question and if he was one of my players that would have been my stance on it.

"Whether or not I did it publicly, that is always the discussion to have with your coaching staff, what's the benefit?

"For the young lad, this is football, it can be a tough, brutal sport at time. You're in the limelight, but we are very lucky to do what we have to do so you have to take the rough with the smooth."

Cole, who enjoyed plenty of success under Mourinho, says his former boss will have made a judgement on whether to criticise Ndombele publicly was the right thing to do.

"Jose will know what he is doing, he will know what the lad's character is," Cole added.