Tottenham Hotspur continued their impressive start under the management of Jose Mourinho with a 3-2 win over Bournemouth.
The Portuguese boss has revitalised the club and the Cherries became the third victims since his arrival.
Once again Spurs were made to work for their win. It was the second successive 3-2 win in the Premier League for Tottenham, although three points are ultimately all that matters.
Saturday’s win was secured thanks to a brace from Dele Alli and a rare Moussa Sissoko strike. Harry Wilson netted twice in response for Bournemouth.
Several Tottenham players have upped their performance levels under Mourinho. Perhaps none have been as resurgent as Alli, however.
The 23-year-old followed up his goal against Olympiacos in midweek with two against the Cherries and his improvement has been significant.
Mauricio Pochettino chose to utilise Alli in a number of positions. This season alone he has played in central midfield and on the left-wing.
No such experiments have been on Mourinho’s agenda though. Alli has been put back in his natural position as a number 10 and is clearly thriving.
The £100,000-a-week (Spotrac) player is class but had lost his way during the last 12 months or so. His form has been questioned considerably and rightly so.
Mourinho could be the perfect manager for Alli at this stage of his career and slotting him back in his natural position has paid early dividends.
Who Scored highlighted a sensational performance on Saturday. Alongside his two goals, he finished with a 79% pass success, had five shots and completed eight dribbles – more than any other player on the pitch.
Alli’s indifferent recent form and injury issues had seen him lose his England place. He wasn’t even called up for the last two squads and is now playing to win his place back.
Mourinho could be just the manager to not only revive Alli’s career but also win him back his England place.
The future looks increasingly bright for the Three Lions and Gareth Southgate having an in-form Alli going into next summer’s European Championships can only bode well.
It’s early days of course for Mourinho. The impact he has had on Alli in such a short space of time is telling, however, and Tottenham fans must be excited at what the future might hold.