By Paul Robinson

17th Dec, 2020 | 9:54am

Pundit Exclusive: Mourinho U-turn tipped after 'Exceptional' Tottenham sighting

Paul Robinson has tipped Dele Alli to make a “big impact” at Tottenham in 2021 after the attacker made his second consecutive appearance in the league.

The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 24-year-old has done “exceptionally well” during his brief run-outs in recent weeks.

Alli was a late substitute in last night’s 2-1 loss at Liverpool, having featured in the draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The cameo at Selhurst Park was the England international’s first Premier League minutes since the 6-1 win at Old Trafford in October.

Alli has been strongly linked with a January exit from Spurs following his demotion, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy still believes Alli has a long-term future at the club and will resist the player’s permanent departure next month.

Robinsons senses a U-turn from Mournho, who had previously seemingly been hell-bent on forcing Alli out.

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He told Football Insider“From the outside looking in, you have to commend Dele Alli’s attitude.

“We have not heard anything from him, there has been no, ‘I want to leave.’ Quite often you would hear if a player was unhappy with their manager and it can be quite easy to spit your dummy out but with Dele Alli we have not heard any of that.

“You have to commend him on his attitude and application. When he has played, he has played at the level you would expect him to – if not better. He has taken the opportunities he has been given and he has done exceptionally well when he has come on.

“Alli has kept his head down and worked hard and I think that is what the manager will have been looking from him.

“I think he will come back into the squad and come back into the team and have a big impact this season.” 

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