Tottenham Hotspur player Dele Alli has been missing from the squad due to injury, and he has been discussed a lot in the media lately.
One man talking about him is former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson, and he believes the attacking midfielder can have a great career under manager Jose Mourinho.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson said: “I thought Dele and Jose would be the perfect fit. At first he looked rejuvenated under Mourinho in that number 10 role, getting goals and assists but he has been far too inconsistent and there lies the problem. I think Dele will respond to Jose’s man management skills.
“It is very easy to criticise a player for falling below a level you expect. We know what he can do and how good he is and when he falls below that it is very easy to criticise.
“Dele Alli has a lot of competition in his position at Spurs so if he doesn’t not perform in a game he gets put on the bench.”
It’s hard to disagree with Robinson here, Mourinho’s man management skills have seen him get the best out of Harry Kane as of late as the striker has scored four in his last two games, per Transfermarkt. He has also scored eleven goals in 17 games since Mourinho first arrived in November.
Meanwhile Alli picked up three goals and three assists in his first four games under the manager. This highlights that Mourinho can get the best out of him, but now he has to sort out his consistency.
The competition should hopefully be the thing that pushes Alli, who is valued at £57.60m on Transfermarkt, to succeed and hopefully when he recovers from injury. Indeed Spurs have several attacking midfield options at the moment, including Argentine duo Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso.
Hopefully we will see Alli’s quality shine under the Portuguese manager like it did when he first arrived at the club in November.
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