Tottenham Hotspur icon Gary Mabbutt has backed Dele Alli to follow in the footsteps of teammate Tanguy Ndombele in turning his future under Jose Mourinho around.
Alli to use Ndombele influence?
The 24-year-old has found himself exiled by manager Jose Mourinho during the current campaign, with Spurs sitting top of the Premier League table before the weekend’s action.
The England international has his supporters – former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino previously described him as a “beast” during the latter stages of his time at the club (via Sky Sports), while Mourinho himself even hailed him as “fantastic” last season.
But his teammate, Ndombele, has found himself in the Portuguese tactician’s good books once more following public criticism during his side’s 1-1 draw against Burnley last term (via BBC Sport).
The Frenchman has featured in all nine of Tottenham’s league games so far, scoring once and accumulating pass success rate of 82.2% (Whoscored).
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, Mabbutt, who made 629 appearances for Spurs, revealed his faith in Alli to replicate the turnaround Ndombele has managed to achieve.
When asked whether Alli could follow the former Lyon star’s path, Mabbutt said: “A number of players have turned it around at the club. I see no reason at all Dele can’t do that.
“He’s got the ability. He’s got the qualities. And hopefully, we’ll see him back in the squad soon.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
It’s difficult to disagree with what Mabbutt said. Alli most certainly has the technical ability and football brain to get himself back into the first-team if he is operating at 100 per cent.
It will be a challenge for Alli, for sure. Nevertheless, he will know deep down what he needs to do and can change Mourinho’s mind with a string of solid performances in the next few weeks. Ndombele 2.0 perhaps?
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