Ryan Mason reacts to Dele Alli's display in Spurs win
Ryan Mason has claimed that he was really, really pleased with Dele Alli following Spurs’ win over Wolves on Sunday, but conceded – in comments reported by Football London – that the Tottenham star is probably disappointed to have not scored himself.
Dele kept his place in the side after setting up Spurs’ only goal last weekend. And he vindicated Mason’s decision with an outstanding display.
He hit the post as Tottenham went on to beat Wolves 2-0 in North London.
There were several occasions when he produced moments of real quality. And his work-rate could certainly not be questioned as he made a number of challenges.
And Mason suggested that he can be very proud of his display – even if he may have one small complaint.
“For me Dele was excellent,” he said, as reported by Football London.
“I don’t really like singling out players but it’s hard not to because I’m sure everyone felt it. He ran, he competed, he pressed, he created opportunities. I’m sure he’s disappointed not to get a goal himself. It was an excellent number 10 performance, I’m really, really pleased.”
Dele’s form has made Jose Mourinho’s handling of his situation all the more baffling. In fairness to the Portuguese, he had been struggling during the latter stages of Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure.
But Mourinho seemed to be completely against the idea of using the 25-year-old. Perhaps he thought he may emulate Tanguy Ndombele and return to the fold in better form after some tough love.
Dele – who earns £100,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – has been impressive since being given a chance under Mason. And if his confidence is high, he may be able to set his sights on getting back to his best for the start of next season.
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