After a majestic performance in the 5-0 FA Cup thrashing of the Navy, Delle Alli seems to have played his way back into Jose Mourinho’s plans.
The 24-year-old midfielder was on fire in the first half as Spurs went in at the break 4-0 up, one comedy tumble aside. A hat-trick was scored by Carlos Vinicius, with Lucas Moura adding the other with a sublime free-kick.
Alli, who has struggled to even make the bench this season in a number of games, had the luxury of being rested 65 minutes after being replaced by Gareth Bale. That was five minutes after Alfie Devine, 16, put the Londoners up 5-0.
A January transfer and a possible reunion with Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain were connected with Alli. But Mourinho doesn’t seem able to ship the international 37-cap England out just yet.
The Special One replied when asked if Alli is in contention for a starting spot in the Premier League: “He was here today and it was not the match to test the standard, of course. But the professionalism and the attitude, and I’m very pleased with that. I won’t be shocked if Dele plays with us next Wednesday.
With his attitude in the game, I am very pleased. Of course, we didn’t want to risk much, the pitch is a bit risky, and their excitement can put some risk on the creative ones.
But I am happy – good professionalism, good dynamic from him and Gedson [Fernandes] to start trying to create, so really pleased for the performance.”
On Wednesday, Spurs fly to take on Aston Villa. This season, Alli has played only 74 minutes of Premier League action.
And White Hart lane legend Glenn Hoddle acknowledged that the former MK Dons man would need to step on, speaking exclusively to SunSport last month.
“I could see Dele heading to another club and doing very well in the right system, said the Amazon Prime Video pundit. I don’t think he fits this system that Jose is looking for.I think he’s going to move on at some stage when I’m not sure it’s going to be”