Tottenham drew 1-1 with Newcastle this weekend in heartbreaking fashion, falling foul to the new handball rule as the Magpies essentially stole a point in north London.
The game should have been put to bed long before Newcastle had the chance to get back into it, although, in fairness, Spurs found Karl Darlow in imperious form in the Spurs goal.
One of the players to come close to adding a second for Tottenham was Heung-Min Son. The Korean forward was once again in exceptional form before succumbing to a hamstring injury and being withdrawn at half-time.
And while the news of Son’s injury is a bitter blow for Spurs and Mourinho, could it tempt the boss into giving Dele Alli a final chance to impress in Spurs colours?
Goals hard to replace and Alli can do the business
Although Alli and Son are completely different players, Spurs need players in the XI who can contribute in terms of getting in on the goalscoring act.
Of course, Harry Kane is that man. But Lucas Moura’s goal yesterday was his first in over 20 games, while the likes of Winks, Lo Celso, and Hojbjerg aren’t exaclty prolific from midfield.
Alli has shown in the past he has a fine relationship in and around Kane. He has goals in his locker. Alli has 50 PL goals in just over 150 appearances to his name, a stat you don’t get without having something about you.
So, while it might mean a slight chance in shape for Mourinho, there is a gap here to give Alli another chance. Of course, the likes of Gareth Bale will be fit soon, while Steven Bergwijn will fancy his chances too.
But Alli, given his record and experience, is definitely an option Mourinho should consider given Son’s absence.