DELE ALLI: THE NEWEST PLAYER TO BE RUINED BY JOSE MOURINHO
Jose Mourinho is a proven success as a manager. He has won trophies in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and in the Champions League. In spite of Mourinho’s successes, he has always toed the line of falling out with club owners, sporting directors, and players.
Mourinho’s arrival at Manchester United in 2016 renewed hopes that the Red Devils could find success post-Sir Alex Ferguson. A Europa League and Carabao Cup win offered signs of success to come. However, things went downhill from there.
The manager’s time at Old Trafford was marked by the decline of midfielder Paul Pogba, who is yet to recover from his years under Mourinho’s tutelage. Pogba continues to struggle in the post-Mourinho world at Old Trafford after the manager made it his mission to tear down the World Cup winner.
Upon arrival at Tottenham Hotspur in 2019, Mourinho did the same thing with the club’s star midfielder, Dele Alli. Once considered a Premier League star, Alli has become a footballing afterthought over the last 12 months. Mourinho’s opinion of Alli is so low that the manager is willing to let him leave in January. Alli’s departure was unthinkable prior to Mourinho’s arrival at Spurs. Now, it feels like Alli’s career cannot continue unless he leaves north London.
Alli has played a mere four times in the Premier League this season with the Englishman has accumulated just 74 minutes of football. It is a ridiculous amount as Mourinho has used Alli to prove a point. What that point is, isn’t really known. However, it can be assumed that Mourinho wants to show the rest of the squad that they too are expendable under his leadership.
Since the 2016-17 Premier League season, even before Mourinho’s arrival, Alli had cooled off as a goal scorer. The midfielder bagged a career high 18 goals and nine assists in 37 Premier League matches that season. The following campaign saw Alli score nine times while putting in 11 helpers. Still, a brilliant campaign.
Alli experienced fitness and injury issues during both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 campaigns. He still scored five and eight goals respectively, appearing in 25 matches in each season.
While Alli could add a wealth of goals to the Spurs team this season, he hasn’t been given the match time to prove himself under Mourinho. Needing a goal to defeat Liverpool at Anfield in a top of the table clash in December, Alli played just the final three minutes.
Mourinho is not only preventing Alli from contributing to the team, but humiliating him. Ten times this season, Mourinho has simply left Alli out of the squad on matchdays.
Tottenham Hotspur supporters are still on the fence when it comes to Mourinho and the treatment of Alli is one of the reasons why some have not and will not come around to the manager. Alli went from being a major contributor under Mauricio Pochettino to being less than a bit part player for Mourinho. Now, with Pochettino installed as Paris Saint-Gerain manager, Alli could be reunited with the coach that helped him achieve his greatest success so far.