Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has backed Jose Mourinho to have a positive effect on Dele Alli’s form and help turn his fortunes around.
Dele Alli has had a difficult twelve months due to a combination of injuries and loss of form.
His performances have dropped off considerably compared to his first two seasons at the club and he has since then lost his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
He has also come under a lot of criticism from some parts of the press for his recent displays with many questioning if his early success at Tottenham was a flash in the pan.
However, Redknapp feels that Mourinho’s appointment will be good for Alli and that the Portuguese manager will get the best out of him by pushing him.
The 72-year-old backed Mourinho to get the Tottenham player playing for him as he did with legendary midfielder and current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.
The former MK Dons player was impressive during yesterday’s 3-2 win against West Ham United where he hand a hand in both of Tottenham’s opening goals.
Speaking to The Debate on Sky Sports (broadcast on 20/11; 22:56), Redknapp said, “If Alli’s not performing, he may find it difficult. Mourinho may be a little bit hard on him, you don’t know how he’ll react, Dele Alli.
“But I think he will tell him what a fantastic talent he is and how much he loves him, what a great player, he’s enjoyed watching him and he knows that he can do better than what he’s doing at the moment. And I think he’ll get on board. He did that with Frank, Mourinho.”
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Alli does seem to have the characteristics of the players Mourinho loves. Someone who has a bit of arrogance but is also extremely driven and works hard for the team. If he can get the Spurs midfielder’s confidence up and playing like he was a couple of seasons ago, then it will certainly be a huge boost for the side.
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