Jose Mourinho has admitted that Dele Alli could have a key role to play for the remainder of the season if he manages to regain the form that he showed two years ago.
Tottenham have struggled to create chances and score goals off late and some pundits had questioned why Dele had continued to be frozen out of the first-team picture.
The midfielder has started just one Premier League game so far this season and reportedly came close to a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain during the winter transfer window only for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to allegedly block the transfer.
Mourinho has admitted that he held a meeting with the England international after his move to PSG fell through and that they were able to find common ground.
The Spurs boss has now stated that the 24-year-old can be a fundamental player to the current Tottenham side if he returns to being the player he was earlier in his Spurs career.
When asked if the former MK Dons man can become a leader in the team, Mourinho told Football.London: “I think he has the potential to be a very important player for us, yes.
“Leader, leadership, what is that? Leadership on the pitch, leadership on the dressing room? That is a different story, but a fundamental player that on the pitch can be very important for the team?
“Yes, the good Dele Alli, like you said two years ago he was this, two years ago he was that, the good Dele Alli can be very very important for Tottenham. 100 per cent.”
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On the plus side, it is positive that Jose is willing to put his ego aside and welcome Alli back into the team if the midfielder can benefit the team. However, the decision to bring the 24-year-old back into the fold does appear to have a tinge of desperation on Mourinho’s part, as he looks to slow Tottenham’s slide.
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