Former Tottenham player Garth Crooks praised Dele Alli’s individual brilliance during Spurs’ 3-2 win over West Ham United – but warned that his attitude could affect his chances of flourishing under Jose Mourinho.
Alli played a vital role in setting up Lucas Moura’s goal by somehow keeping the ball in play and releasing Heung-min Son down the left flank, who crossed for the Brazilian to finish.
However, the 23-year-old’s reaction to being substituted irked Crooks somewhat – and does not see his attitude as a positive sign with Tottenham looking to rebuild under their new manager.
While naming the England midfielder in his Team of the Week, Crooks issued a warning to Alli, saying: “If Alli is going to be a success under Jose Mourinho, he will have to do more off the ball. Chuntering under his breath when the manager substitutes him after 70 minutes will not endear him, either. Mourinho is only interested in team players.”
It is not clear what sparked Alli’s reaction, but his exploits on the pitch may be more important to Mourinho. After all, the former Chelsea manager handled with the likes of the often-hot-headed Diego Costa, who played an integral role in the Blues’ Premier League success in 2014/15.
Alli has already been touted as a potential success story under Mourinho, so Crooks will not be alone in monitoring the midfielder’s progress alongside the new manager.
The early signs are clearly positive after helping Spurs to a first away win in the league in over 10 months, while Crooks may be making more of an issue with Alli’s substitution than it needs to be.
It seems likely that the future will hold the key to Alli’s role in a Spurs team under Mourinho’s control, though it may be difficult to foresee him running into problems with the manager based purely on what was merely a few seconds of petulance at most.
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