Can Dele Alli reinstate himself in Tottenham midfield?

Dele Alli-Tottenham Hotspur

The English midfielder has been overlooked by Mourinho since the start of the current season.

Tottenham’s Dele Alli has become a fringe figure under Jose Mourinho as he has made only two appearances in the Premier League this season. 

The 24-year-old has appeared for six games thus far in all competitions in which two of them were only starter appearances.

Mourinho had also previously pointed out that the abundance of attacking players made him leave Alli behind.

The lack of game time has also taken its toll on Alli’s national team selection and the former MK Dons midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester United and PSG, so that he can enjoy regular football and earn a place in the Three Lions’ squad for Euros next year.

However, with the Premier League reaching the centre-stage, where rotations are set to happen more likely, the 24-year-old would have his minutes under the Portuguese manager only if he chooses to improve his game.

Firstly, Alli has to improve on the defensive end, an aspect Mourinho demands from all of his players. Spurs have been highly successful this season due to their defensive organization, which needs even the attackers to track back and defend as a unit.

Alli needs to make runs both while defending and also late-runs into the box. The English international has to ditch the idea of being a static player on the field. Instead, he wants to press and be decisive on transitions.