Opinion: Jose Mourinho’s cold shoulder will only make Dele stronger


Since Jose Mourinho’s arrival in North London back in November last year it has been hard to ignore the clear admiration that he has for one of England’s biggest talents, Dele (Independent).

After bursting onto the Premier League scene as a relatively unknown kid from MK Dons, the England international quickly became one of the league’s special players and one loved by the Spurs fans.

However after struggling to bounce back from injury problems the midfielder has been out of the last two England squads, whilst still remaining a core member of the Spurs team.

Mourinho has preached his admiration for Dele multiple times but after dropping him from the squad in back-to-back matches against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League and Southampton in the Premier League rumours have started to pick up momentum (BBC).

With Dele being a huge part of the club since he joined back in 2015, being left at home has not been a common occurrence hence why stories relating to his future have come to light.

However, Mourinho has worked with some of the biggest footballing names on the planet and dealing with these huge personalities is far from being alien to him, so giving Dele the bad cop treatment will only do wonders for the 24-year-old’s career.

Gaining so much experience at such a young age has meant that Dele receives far more criticism than many other players the same age who are just making their name in the topflight, and after shining throughout his time under Mauricio Pochettino he has become one of the first names on the team sheet.

The lack of competition for a first team place, may have cause Dele to fall back into second gear and that matched with some long-term injuries has meant he has failed to reach the heights he set himself a few years ago despite still racking up impressive numbers. A victim of his own success in many ways.

Not being a guaranteed starter is almost certain to give the player the kick forward he needs to get back into his full speed style of play the Spurs faithful fell in love with watching every week.

That together with a squad packed full of midfield talent, meaning competition for a starting place is intense every week can only grow positivity, after all, you don’t make the transition from League One to Premier League without an all or nothing winning mentality.

The feeling inside the camp is also showing positive signs for the future of Dele at the club with Harry Winks revealing in a press conference that his teammate is motivated and without a doubt has what it takes to bring his career to new heights. (Tribal Football)

There is without a doubt not one Spurs fan out there that would not love to see the Dele of old back, and with Mourinho taking this seemingly harsh treatment seriously, the midfielder has the potential to come back even better than we’ve ever seen before.

With what looks like a very strong squad assembling under The Special One it will only raise the bar for the existing players so it is set up to be a very exciting season for the club, and if we can get Dele firing from all cylinders again we could be seeing major silverware return to N17 once again.

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