Exclusive: Robinson tips Mourinho to affect Tottenham star who was 'Too comfortable' under Poch
Paul Robinson tipped Jose Mourinho to be able to affect Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli for the better as he claimed the Portuguese manager will be great for the playmaker.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Spurs No.1 suggested that Alii was maybe a little too comfortable under Mauricio Pochettino so would benefit from Mourinho’s arrival.
Alli registered his first Premier League assist of the season in the 3-2 win over West Ham on Saturday during Mourinho’s first game in charge of the North London club.
Robinson explained that several members of Spurs’ squad would have already been captivated by Mourinho as they would have seen him win trophies at the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid.
When asked if Alli looked back to his best against West Ham, Robinson told Football Insider: “He did, I think Jose Mourinho will be great for Dele Alli.
“There are certain complacencies and contentments that set in when you have a manager for so long, but when someone of Mourinho’s quality comes in he commands a room simply because what he has achieved in the game.
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“And these players have been watching him at Chelsea winning trophies, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and they’ll want to impress him and for somebody like Alli who was maybe a little bit too comfortable under Pochettino, Mourinho will be a great manager for him.”
Alli has played a total of 11 times this season, scoring twice and registering one assist, and saw the start of his campaign disrupted by a hamstring injury.
The 23-year-old playmaker has racked up 195 appearances for Spurs after being signed from MK Dons in 2015, and is contracted to stay with the club until 2024.
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