Jose Mourinho has insisted that Dele Alli has amazing potential, and he is going to do all he can to make the Tottenham Hotspur star great for club and country again, in comments reported by Football London.
Mourinho’s arrival appears to have already had an impact on Alli. The 23-year-old has scored three goals and provided one assist in the three games the Portuguese has taken charge of.
It has already prompted pundits such as Joe Cole – who played under Mourinho at Chelsea – to suggest that the Special One could prove to be as good for Alli’s career as he was for Frank Lampard’s at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho seemed to play down comparisons between the two players. But he did insist that Alli has the tools to become a special player.
“Frank was already a great player when I arrived. Frank was a super professional and was a fantastic player. The reason why Frank went even higher was because of our team, because Frank the potential, Frank the professional, the mentality was already there. I did nothing for him,” he said, as reported by Football London.
“He was almost an end product, he just needed a better team to go to the next level which obviously he did. And then for 10 years he was fantastic.
“Dele is younger than that, he is not as mature as that yet. Amazing potential, again we are going to try and develop this talent to be consistent and be great for club and national team. That is what we are going to do. He wants, clearly he wants and we are going to try and give everything to reach this level.”
Alli has shown how good he can be. He scored 27 Premier League goals across his first three seasons at Tottenham. He also provided 26 assists in that time.
Alli is already one goal away from equalling his tally for league goals from last season. And with three of his five goals in all competitions coming following Mourinho’s arrival, it looks to be a matter of time before he boasts a return that is much closer to what he was managing during those first three years when greatness looked inevitable.