Dele Alli made a fine return to the Tottenham starting XI last night against Ludogorets in the Europa League.
The Englishman has had a tough time in this campaign as he continues to struggle for a place in Jose Mourinho’s team.
Everyone knows that the attacker is talented, but Mourinho doesn’t care that much about talent if the player in question will not put in the work.
Alli started this season in the worse possible manner after he was subbed off at half time in Tottenham’s first league game of the season against Everton, that has happened on at least one more occasion.
The Special One has been giving Alli chances to play for the team in the Europa League and other competitions, but he still hasn’t impressed enough to make a return to the starting XI for Premier League games.
Last night he showed what he can do and Owen Hargreaves was full of praise for him after he provided two assists.
Hargreaves told BT Sport as quoted by Mail Online: ‘When he gets physical and gets into the game and gets angry, he plays with a chip on his shoulder.
‘He took those moments to build a bit of confidence and then the flair comes out. (Against Antwerp) it was safe and the confidence wasn’t there.
‘I’m happy for him, I think there’s a special player in there and he’s too good to not be playing football. The good thing is he can look at Ndombele last year and what he gives to the team now.
‘Dele can do that but if he’s going to play in the team he has go get goals and assists and get that chip back. Mourinho likes players who are a bit angry, but if he plays like he did today he’ll get better.’