Harry Redknapp backs Jose Mourinho to transform Spurs' Dele Alli
Harry Redknapp has told The Debate on Sky Sports (broadcast on 20/11; 22:56) that he can see new Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho transforming Dele Alli just as he previously did with Frank Lampard.
Mourinho is gearing up for his first game in charge at Spurs. Tottenham will have gone almost two months without a Premier League win by the time they face West Ham this weekend.
Several players have underperformed so far this season, including Alli. There had been some brighter signs more recently. But the 23-year-old arguably looks some way off being the player who scored 28 goals across his first two years in the top flight.
But Redknapp insisted that he can see Mourinho being very good for Alli. He seemed to suggest that they could strike up the kind of relationship that the Portuguese had with Lampard at Chelsea.
“If he’s not performing, he may find it difficult. Mourinho may be a little bit hard on him, you don’t know how he’ll react, Dele Alli,” he told The Debate.
“But I think he will tell him what a fantastic talent he is and how much he loves him, what a great player, he’s enjoyed watching him and he knows that he can do better than what he’s doing at the moment. And I think he’ll get on board. He did that with Frank, Mourinho.”
Lampard, of course, was well on his way to becoming an outstanding midfielder by the time Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge. But he seemed to move to another level under the Special One.
The Englishman scored 60 goals in all competitions during the three full seasons that they worked together. It proved to be a trophy-laden spell for the club.
Tottenham fans know how good Alli can be. It could be a game-changer for Mourinho if he can help him back to that level in the coming months.
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