Manager Exclusive: Spurs star will be 'Having sleepless nights' after one-to-one Mourinho talks
Alex McLeish claims that Dele Alli will be having “sleepless nights” as he looks to try and build his confidence back up at Tottenham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the experienced manager believes the 24-year-old has not looked himself since a one-to-one chat with Jose Mourinho last season.
Amazon documentary All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur showed the Portuguese boss criticise the midfielder for being “lazy” and a “bad trainer” during discussions behind closed doors.
McLeish, whose spell as Scotland manager ended last year, believes these conversations between the pair may have dented Dele’s self-belief and insists the Spurs star needs to find a way to rebuild his confidence again.
McLeish told Football Insider: “I actually saw the first parts of that Spurs documentary and Jose had kind of an almost father-son conversation with him which actually was good.
“Whether Dele took it to heart and he really cherished what Jose said or whether it put him down a notch and affected his confidence, he certainly hasn’t come back to his level, the level that we’ve seen over the last couple of years.
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“Now I’ve always said this about young players, they go up the hill so quickly and then they plateau. Because they were there, the plateau is a similar level but somehow in that plateau they’ve lost their confidence.
“Confidence is so important to an individual in their game and Dele Alli I’m sure would be scratching his head, he’ll be having sleepless nights and going: ‘How do I get my confidence back, I seem to have forgotten how to make those runs.'”
Alli started Tottenham’s opening Premier League match of the season against Everton but was hooked at half-time in the 1-0 defeat.
He has played a total of 29 times under Mourinho so far and has sat out just one game where he was not injured or suspended.
In other Tottenham news, McLeish believes a 27-year-old is facing the axe after a major transfer development.