Ahead of the match against West Ham today, Mourinho has been speaking about rediscovering the Dele Alli we all fell in love with when he first signed for the Lilywhites.
We saw the beginning of that resurgence today at the London Stadium, with Dele finally returning to the position I believe he plays best in, central attacking midfield.
Over the past 18-months, Alli has received a lot of stick for his inconsistent performances and unimpressive goalscoring. However, we must remember that the ex-MK Dons man has largely been bumped between the injury room, defensive midfield, and left-mid.
Mourinho found a way to accommodate Alli, Son, and Moura in a front four along with Harry Kane today, and it certainly worked a treat.
The direct nature of Tottenham’s play, with passes straight from defence into Alli’s feet and long balls over the top for Kane to knock down to him, suited the midfielder down to a tee.
I saw hunger that I haven’t seen in a good while from Dele, personified by his assist for the opening goal, as he managed to scoop the ball through from nothing while prone on the ground.
While we cannot judge the man off the back of one game, the new formation and new attitude certainly seems to play into Dele’s hands.
Can Alli get back to his best under Mourinho?
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