Jose Mourinho got off to a winning start as Tottenham manager today, but plenty of Spurs fans still had one grievance at the full-time whistle.
Heung-min Son, scorer of the first goal in the 3-2 win away to West Ham, was named as the official Premier League man of the match. [via premierleague.com]
However, many Tottenham supporters felt that the honour should have been awarded to Dele Alli, who provided the assist for the South Korean’s goal.
The England midfielder was starting his fifth consecutive Premier League game for Spurs and ended the match with two shots, two key passes and 33 passes in total (as per WhoScored), leaving fans in awe of his display.
@dele_official dele alli was unreal in that game and that bit of skill for the goal was pure filth.
— simon billingham (@simonbillingham) November 23, 2019
Alli was goaded by Mourinho during the week, with Spurs’ new manager saying: “I asked him if he was Dele or Dele’s brother. He told me he was Dele. ‘OK,’ I said. ‘Play like Dele’.” [via The Guardian]
Alasdair Gold of Football London lauded the 23-year-old’s performance afterwards, describing it as “his best performance in a Spurs shirt for a long while”, adding that “he was involved in everything that the away side did well” at London Stadium.
These Tottenham fans on Twitter felt that Alli and not Son should have scooped the man of the match prize:
Should have been Dele?
— Rizzla (@loopyrizla) November 23, 2019
— Esther (@argentiniandrip) November 23, 2019
Sonny fan but i agree with dele robbed
— Kerks (@Bjokerks) November 23, 2019
VAR reviewed this and gave it to Dele instead. #IfOnly
— Woz (@wozza67) November 23, 2019
Should have been @dele_official NO QUESTION!
— CoolVanilla300C (@CoolVanilla300C) November 23, 2019
Dele though surely…
— MH9S (@GinBuddy) November 23, 2019
Son scored 1 goal and 1 Assist, but Dele was so fantastic today ✨
— clairdelune (@nUFuy4SBPVBg0f4) November 23, 2019
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