Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli was in fine form last night, reminding everyone of the quality he can bring to the Spurs team.
He’s not had the best of seasons, struggling to get into Jose Mourinho’s setup and being subbed off at half time on a couple of occasions.
Indeed, one of the big transfer sagas of the January window was relating to Alli’s future, with a loan switch to Paris Saint-Germain apparently on the cards.
In the end, he stayed put at Tottenham, with Daniel Levy reportedly blocking his move to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Alli has worked his way back into Mourinho’s plans and was rewarded with a spot in the starting XI for Spurs’ Europa League last-32 second leg game against Wolfsberger.
And he took his opportunity in style.
Within the opening 10 minutes, Alli opened the scoring with a wonderful overhead kick, controlling and improvising from Matt Doherty’s ball into the box.
He then provided a superb assist early in the second half, crossing for Carlos Vinicius to thump home a header.
If that wasn’t enough, he then sent a great pass for Bale to sweep home Spurs’ third on the night en route to a 4-0 win.
After the game, Wolfsberger coach Ferdinand Feldhofer couldn’t help but praise Tottenham’s quality, describing Alli’s goal as “world class”.
“Congratulations to Tottenham on their well-deserved victory,” Feldhofer is quoted by Eurocalciomercato as saying. “They were very confident and strong.
“Of course, it is a bit disappointing because in reality you get the feeling, like today, that you are not that far away (from matching them).
“But then you see the individual quality of Tottenham players who, when they have a few inches of space, do great things in front of goal.
“On the first one, we didn’t defend enough – a world-class goal. The second, we gave them too much space in front of the cross and didn’t make contact in the area.
“The third and fourth, we basically scored them. No need to even discuss those.”
It was amazing to see both Alli and Bale show how great they can be when firing on all cylinders.
Mourinho is known for being a manager with incredibly high standards and it looks as though his approach has been working.
Tanguy Ndombele had his struggles last season but is now looking back to his best – hopefully Alli and Bale will continue to deliver such great displays week in, week out now.