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Sherwood: Alli has skills to thrive under Mourinho

25 Nov 2019

Former Spurs head coach says midfielder's driving runs will create space for Harry Kane and delight his new boss

He may have been the only member of Tottenham Hotspur’s front four not to score in Jose Mourinho’s first match, but Dele Alli was a key figure in the 3-2 victory at West Ham United and can go from strength to strength under the Portuguese.

That’s according to former Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood, who was left impressed as Alli set up Son Heung-min’s opening goal and played a pivotal part in the second with an audacious piece of skill on the touchline. 

Watch Alli's role in Lucas goal

"He’s got all the attributes to be a top player for Jose Mourinho," says Sherwood.

"He [Mourinho] doesn’t want a No 10 who's going to play with his back to goal. He wants someone who's going to burst without the ball and occupy centre-backs so Harry Kane can come off in a little bit of space.

"He did it perfectly. Onwards and upwards for Dele."

Michael Owen, who scored 150 Premier League goals, agrees.

"That was a huge performance," he says. "He's come in for real stick in recent weeks but that first-half performance in particular was brilliant. He was the star man for me."

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