Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, may have only been in charge for three games so far, but he is already getting the best out of Dele Alli.
The young attacker has moved back to his favoured number 10 position and has rewarded Mourinho with three consecutive man of the match performances.
Alli scored the vital first Spurs goal against Olympiacos before bagging a brace against Bournemouth at the weekend.
This comes after a couple of seasons of injuries held Alli back, as well as Pochettino playing him as a left-midfielder and holding-mid at times.
Dele now has 58 goals and 51 assists in 197 games in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur, adding up to over one goal contribution per two games (Transfer Markt).
Of course, numbers like these are always going to earn Dele comparisons with some of the greats of the game, including Frank Lampard, now the manager of Chelsea.
Mourinho commented on the comparison between the two today (Football London): “Frank was already a great player when I arrived. Frank was a super professional and was a fantastic player. The reason why Frank went even higher was because of our team, because Frank the potential, Frank the professional, the mentality was already there. I did nothing for him. Then we did as a team. The system we were playing, that number 8 with all the freedom through that central channel, we gave him the conditions to be the player he was. He was almost an end product, he just needed a better team to go to the next level which obviously he did. And then for 10 years he was fantastic. Dele is younger than that, he is not as mature as that yet. Amazing potential, again we are going to try and develop this talent to be consistent and be great for club and national team. That is what we are going to do. He wants, clearly he wants and we are going to try and give everything to reach this level. Ups and downs will always happen, especially with younger people. So when the ups are we need balance, when the downs appear we need also balance. We need to balance.”
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