Mourinho loses faith in Dele
The 24-year-old has only been in the Portuguese tactician’s starting line-up on three occasions during the current campaign and was substituted at half-time on two of those occasions (TransferMarkt).
During their 1-0 defeat to Royal Antwerp in midweek, he was one of four changes that Mourinho made during the interval, in which he was heavily critical of his players after the full-time whistle (via Instagram).
In contrast to last season, Alli has taken a hit in terms of his game time as his side look to get back to winning ways this evening against Brighton.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bent believes that Mourinho may have lost faith in the England international and the situation could become more complicated due to his natural ability.
“I know what it’s like, he’s lost confidence and he thinks he’s got a manager who doesn’t believe in him any more”, he said.
“All he can try and do is do the things he does well. Unfortunately, on Thursday there were times when he was giving the ball away. He just hasn’t got the same type of swagger that he once had when he walked onto the pitch.”
“It was the 2016/17 season where he scored over 20 goals then backed it up with another 14 the next season.”
Bent continued. “We haven’t seen that type of Dele Alli consistently for a couple of years now.
“It’s now what do you do? He’s too good of a player, too talented, to not play.”
Transfer Tavern take
Alli is going through a tough spell in his career and the fact he is constantly being hauled off is not helping his cause, or possibly his relationship with his manager.
But Mourinho has openly offered his appreciation for the player, describing him as a “good boy” after the Everton encounter, as he spoke about how he reacted (via MrBeanyman).
The 2020/21 campaign is still young, and to write off a player of Alli’s quality at this stage is a bit of a short-minded sight.
While Bent may raise some good points, it may be wise to wait until the season to progress before making these sort of statements.
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