Dele Alli hoping for fresh start with Antonio Conte new Tottenham manager
According to The Telegraph, Dele Alli is hoping for a fresh start at Tottenham Hotspur if Antonio Conte is appointed as the club’s new manager.
Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy has been in extensive negotiations with Conte over replacing Jose Mourinho in north London (Mirror). But the Italian is not entirely convinced and will make a decision by Monday (TuttoMercatoWEB).
Conte and Levy have been thrashing out the terms of his arrival. The former Inter Milan boss is eager to understand what Tottenham can offer in the summer transfer market. As they will prioritise a new right-back plus options in central defence and in midfield.
Levy is willing to back Conte in the summer market with a big transfer budget. He has accepted that Tottenham must endure a vast rebuild under their new manager.
Mourinho and Ryan Mason shelved Alli last season, but he hopes Conte will have a role for him. The 25-year-old only started seven of his 15 Premier League appearances. He also featured for just eight minutes between October 4 and February 13.
His form was hardly stellar throughout when given chances, either. The £100,000-per-week playmaker offered just one assist all term and failed to score a single goal.
But Alli remembers the fond words Conte previously has had to say about him in the past. He hopes the Italian still looks fondly on his talent and that he will get the chance to thrive again.
TBR’s view: Next Tottenham manager must find Alli’s shine
Alli lost his sparkle during Mourinho’s time at Tottenham. So Conte – or whoever is the next Spurs manager – must find that shine again. It is clear what talent lurks behind the surface, it just has to be brought back.
The England international was a sensation under Mauricio Pochettino and offered goals or assists right until the Argentine’s exit. Striking 18 goals in 2016/17 and 11 assists in 2017/18 particularly stand out as to why he deserves another shot.
Alli is still only 25, as well, so can afford to have on write-off season. What will be important is how he responds with a new manager at Tottenham and if his struggles continue.
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