Rio Ferdinand admitted that he was impressed with Dele Alli’s performance during Tottenham Hotspur’s tense 1-0 victory at Watford.
Jose Mourinho handed the midfielder his first start in the Premier League since he featured in the first 45 minutes during the opening day loss at home to Fulham.
Dele played a pivotal part in the only goal of the game at Craven Cottage after his flick wasm inadvertently turned into his own net by Adarabioyo.
Ferdinand highlighted an element to Dele’s game which he had not witnessed in a while with the 24-year-old making runs beyond Harry Kane in the same fashion as he did when he burst onto the scene under Mauricio Pochettino.
The former Manchester United defender brought up the question of why he stopped this element to his game and whether it was down to the management or whether the player lost his way over remembering what he was good at.
Ferdinand claimed that Dele’s strongest part of his game is timing his runs in and around the opposition penalty area.
Let’s talk about Dele Alli ✨
Hunger. Desire. Playing with freedom and a smile on his face.
“It was like the old Dele was back!”
Bodes well for Tottenham 𝙖𝙣𝙙 England 👀 pic.twitter.com/91awVwdkKA
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 4, 2021
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