Opinion: The five winners from Mourinho’s first three games in charge of Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are back to their best under new manager Jose Mourinho, at least going forward that is. Spurs have won all three games under the Special One, scoring ten and conceding six in the process.

Let’s take a look at the five winners of the Mourinho reign so far:

Dele Alli – 

Arguably the biggest winner of them all. Mourinho has put Dee back in his favourite position just behind Kane, with the vast majority of attacking play going through the midfield man. Since then, Alli has scored three, assisted one, and created even more goals for his team. Looks to be back to his best and should be knocking on the door of the England team again.

Serge Aurier – 

Mourinho has taken the pressure off Aurier’s inconsistent defending and given him more of a license to go forward. In just three games, the Ivorian has scored one and assisted two, so it seems to be working a treat. By having a left-back who can tuck in as a third central defender, Spurs switch to a back three when Aurier goes forward. This may have revived Aurier’s career in North London.

Eric Dier –

Looked to be down an out under Pochettino, but Eric Dier has started all three games under Jose. It looks as if the new manager wants to get Dier back to where he was a few seasons ago.

Lucas Moura – 

Rarely trusted with regular starts under Pochettino, Moura has started two and come off the bench for the third under Mourinho so far. He has also been pushed out wide on the right, his favoured position, rather than acting as a striker. This has seen an uptick in his performances and a goal already.

Jan Vertonghen – 

Looked to be fading from Pochettino’s plans towards the end, but this new defensive system could suit Vertonghen down to a T. Looked impressive against Bournemouth in his first start under Mourinho, even saving the result with a last-minute last-ditch challenge.

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