Dele Alli opens up on Nuno appointment and his off-season hard work

Dele Alli
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Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli has claimed that Nuno Espirito Santo, the club’s new head coach, did a great job at Wolves and he is looking forward to working with him.

Alli also opened up on his off-season work, revealing that he chose to keep training throughout his holiday period as he didn’t feel as if he needed much of a rest.

Dele only made 15 Premier League appearances last season, with five of those coming in the final five games under Ryan Mason as the midfielder was largely frozen out by Jose Mourinho.

However, it appears that the Spurs man is keen to get his career back on track this summer heading into the 2021/22 campaign.

Goal revealed that Alli spent his off-season with a personal team in order to train, manage his diet and build fitness.

On Nuno, Dele said: “He [Nuno] has done a great job at Wolves. I am looking forward to speaking to him and working with him. He is a great manager and it is exciting times.”

On training and the season ahead, he added: “I want to make this year one of the best I have had.

“A lot of people have said I need to find the form I was in a few years ago. For me, I don’t even want to get to that, I want to go past that and reach my full potential to be the best player I can be.

“It has been a tough few years but I have been working hard and analysing what I need to do to get better.

“I have been training a lot on most days of my holiday. I didn’t feel I needed much rest, so it is just training the whole way through.

“Everyone is looking for that extra few per cent, so you have to keep up. I am feeling good and the best I have felt in a long time.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

With Dele, you always feel that half the battle is mental. I think he took his eye off the ball for a year or so and struggled to get back to where he wanted to be. Hopefully, last season serves as a kick in the right direction for the talented midfielder.

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  1. I hope there is not too much panic for change of personnel. There are players who need loving and a kick up the backside in equal measures. Alli should be recognised as the great and faulty talent he is, to run at the opposition where he will lose the ball sometimes, but will create unbelievable moves and chances as well. To cover him, I see Hojberg and Dier as defensive mid-fielders; that is where Eric made his name. I also see Deli being a Martin Peters/Frank Lampard, arriving from deeper positions, late in the penalty area. I also see my two defensive mid-fielders being good at producing long, diagonal, forward passes to a mobile front two or fast, forward wing-backs. This could be a new lease of life for Docherty, under his old manager. I have only been a Spurs’ fan since 1958, so what would I know?

  2. Having to watch these guys in the euros with England has maybe made him realise what a clown he has been. Only time will tell and alli says lots of things it will be interesting to see as nono plays the same style of football as Jose.


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