Former Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy has backed Dele Alli to revive his Spurs career this season.
Alli enjoyed an extremely productive first three seasons with the Lilywhites, notching a whopping 46 goals and 41 assists across all competitions, numbers that were even more impressive considering he was between the ages of 19 and 23 during that time.
However, his career then began to stagnate and he seemingly lost his goalscoring touch before finding himself on the sidelines for the majority of Jose Mourinho’s tenure as Spurs boss.
The Portuguese manager’s departure in April has since represented a fresh start for the Englishman and Murphy has backed the 25-year-old to rescue his Tottenham career this season under the tutelage of the Lilywhites’ new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
“With Gareth Bale gone and Harry Kane possibly going, there is more responsibility on Dele Alli and that could be just what the 25-year-old needs, allied to a fresh start under a new manager Nuno Espirito Santo”, he told The Daily Mail.
“What’s not in doubt is Dele’s wonderful ability and we all want to see him rediscover the energy and confidence that saw him burst onto the scene under Mauricio Pochettino and become an England World Cup star.
“For whatever reason, the last couple of years have been tough for him but a change at the top can be like a new lease of life for some players and an in-form Dele would feel like a new signing for Spurs.”
Murphy cited Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard as the perfect example for Alli to follow given Lingard enjoyed an extremely fruitful second half of the 2020/21 campaign whilst on loan with West Ham.
“If he needs inspiration, he only needs to look at his former England team-mate Jesse Lingard who also suffered a hangover after Russia but exploded back into life at West Ham at the end of last season.
“The talent doesn’t leave you and there is no reason Dele shouldn’t return to his creative best and also get back into international contention.”
Alli will hope he can prove Murphy right and get a consistent number of games under his belt this season, something that could help propel him back into the England set-up ahead of the 2022 World Cup which takes place in just over 15 months.
Source by Football London