A number of Tottenham Hotspur fans have welcomed Jose Mourinho’s comments on Dele Alli, the Spurs boss hinting at more game time for the 24-year-old.
Alli has struggled for game time under Mourinho this season, with just 12 competitive appearances totalling 472 minutes, and one Premier League start, back in September.
The Tottenham manager was reportedly happy for Alli to leave in January, Paris Saint-Germain eyeing a loan move, but chairman Daniel Levy reportedly blocked their attempts.
Mourinho has now confirmed that he and the player had a personal meeting on Tuesday afternoon in which they found “common ground”.
In addition, the Portuguese spoke of how Tanguy Ndombele is now at a level where he can be played elsewhere in midfield, which could provide an opening for Alli and Giovani Lo Celso.
“I had a good conversation with him yesterday,” Mourinho told football.london. “We spoke around this question you asked me and we found very common ground, let’s say.
“It’s an important period of the season for the team and for him also. We need him. We need a good Dele Alli and we’re just waiting for him to be back to normality and training with the team.”
On the subject of Ndombele, Mourinho said: “If you remember last season, you remember clearly that Tanguy, even in short periods, he was struggling to keep that intensity.
“Tanguy now is a midfield player. And that opens the space where is not any more about Tanguy or Dele, Tanguy or Gio, can be Tanguy and Gio, or Tanguy and Dele.”
Plenty of Spurs fans have wanted to see Alli playing regularly again, and these clear-the-air talks, plus the No. 10 slot now being more open, is great news for player and fans.
Here is what some supporters have been saying on social media about the prospect of the £100,000-a-week ace coming back to the fold:
— Dave 🐓 (@SpursyDave) February 3, 2021
Tanguy and Dele 😻😻
— Shamit (@SHAMITTHFC) February 3, 2021
— yikyikhuoyik (@yikyikhuoyik) February 3, 2021
tanguy x pierre x dele midfield 😍😍😍😍
— Alex (@Tanguyfastics) February 3, 2021
A midfield three of Pierre, Tanguy and Dele 😳😍 https://t.co/qdtWWAC0GH
— The Spurs Express (@TheSpursExpress) February 3, 2021
— Shae (@ThfcShae) February 3, 2021
Alli at 10 with hoijberg and tanguy pivot stop it nowww 🤩
— Harry (@THFC_HM) February 3, 2021
If that could be our midfield and Lucas, Vini and Son our front 3 I’d be pretty happy
— NickTaylor (@Rolyatkcin_) February 3, 2021
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