A Deeper Role for Dele


Dele Alli has cut a frustrated figure in recent weeks, added off field pressures seemed to be having an impact on the pitch. There has been more attention on which super-agent would be taking Dele on, which has led to more column inches dedicated to big money moves abroad, instead of impressive on field displays.

Last season Dele made a name for himself playing as a second striker to Harry Kane, arriving late into the box and scoring an impressive 18 Premier league goals. However, Dele was originally signed as a deep lying midfielder and often played there in his debut season for the club.

Injuries in centre midfielder have forced Pochettino to be creative with his line ups, and Sunday saw him change things around again and play Dele in a midfield three alongside Harry Winks and Christian Eriksen.

Dele seemed to relish being back in a deeper role, being able to be more involved in the game meant a record Premier League attendance saw the swagger return to Dele’s game. Fierce in the tackle, clever positioning and silky skills. The return of some much needed confident was evident, a cheeky backheel to get out of a crowded corner and of course another nutmeg to add to the collection.

Dele Alli was back to his best against Liverpool and he was a joy to watch, putting an end to anyone who doubted his commitment to the club with passionate celebrations and a beautifully taken goal.

The media may have doubted Spurs squad depth and lack of “ambition “in the transfer market, however Spurs look set to be challenging at the business end of the league yet again. Expect to see a much-changed side for Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie with West Ham, as Pochettino will no doubt rest his stars for Sunday’s huge clash with Manchester United.

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