Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton believes that Jose Mourinho has found a way of getting the best from Dele Alli.
The attacking midfielder had been seriously out of form under previous manager Mauricio Pochettino and towards the end of last season, he managed just one goal in 12 Premier League appearances (Transfermarkt).
He has also struggled with injuries in recent times (Transfermarkt), but since Mourinho arrived at the club he appears to be rediscovering his best form.
Hutton believes that Mourinho has had a major impact on the former MK Dons ace’s form, suggesting that he has put him back in a position on the pitch where he is more comfortable.
Speaking about the 23-year-old to Football Insider, the ex-Scotland international said: “Mourinho’s done well for Alli I think, just putting an arm around him. This is the difference, knowing your player.
“Maybe he just needed an arm around him, he was playing slightly out of position, they’ve pushed him more forward, allowed him the freedom to go and express himself. Little things can turn a player’s attitude totally, total 180, just spin it right round.
“It’s worked, he’s scoring, he’s running hard, he’s closing down, he’s involved in the play. Simple little tweaks, you don’t turn into a bad player overnight. It’s obviously taken a few chats, whatever, he’s just got the fire in his belly back.”
Hutton is certainly right here, as Mourinho has managed to ignite something in the England international which has sparked a return to form.
Since the 56-year-old arrived in north London, Alli has scored four goals and provided one assist in just four appearances (Transfermarkt) and looks more like the player that burst onto the scene at Spurs a few years ago.
It seems Mourinho has allowed the 23-year-old the freedom to get into the box and do what he does best, which is scoring goals.
Should he continue to produce excellent displays until the end of the campaign, it could well see him force his way back into the England squad for Euro 2020 after being left out for the Three Lions’ last six games by Gareth Southgate (Transfermarkt).
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