Exclusive: Pundit reacts to 'An Absolute Killer' for Tottenham pre-Wolves clash
Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Tottenham star Dele Alli is disgraceful and the pair “clearly don’t work together”.
That is the view of Darrent Bent, who spoke exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Wolves.
Mourinho accused Alli of “causing problems for his own team” after he gave the ball away in the build-up to Stoke’s equaliser in Wednesday’s 3-1 League Cup win.
It was Alli’s first Spurs start in seven games since the 4-0 win over Lodogrets in the Europa League on 26 November.
In the Premier League, Alli hasn’t been included in a starting lineup since the opening day of the season.
It is a dramatic fall from grace for a footballer voted PFA Young Player of the Year in successive seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and who was only last summer linked with a move to Real Madrid.
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But Bent saw enough from the 37-time England man on Wednesday evening to suggest that he is capable of restoring himself to his former glories, even if the manager did not…
“He linked play really well, getting on the end of things, not always getting the ball to feet, Kane coming short, him running in behind, stretching the pitch,” said Bent
“I thought to myself, ‘Dele’s looking really sharp.’ He was looking like the Del Alli of old.”
“How is Dele Alli supposed to build any kind of confidence when his manager digs him out at every single opportunity, leaves him out, then when he does play him, takes him off and talks about how bad he was for the goal?
“I think at times he’s got to give Dele Alli a little bit of credit. They clearly don’t work together.
“It’s an absolute killer for him.”
Mourinho’s outburst fanned the flames of transfer speculation predicting a January move to Paris Saint-Germain for Alli.
The news that Mauricio Pochettino – under whom Alli flourished at Spurs – is set to take over at Le Parc des Princes will keep the wheels of the rumour mill churning.