Paul Robinson predicts Spurs midfielder to shine under Jose Mourinho

Paul Robinson predicts Spurs midfielder to shine under Jose Mourinho

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Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has tipped midfielder Dele Alli to bounce back next season and “respond” to Jose Mourinho’s management skills.

The 24-year-old has scored nine goals and added six assists in all competitions for Spurs this term, but the majority of those came when the Portuguese first arrived in north London.

Upon his arrival, Alli was particularly impressive in the victory over West Ham back in November – which included an exquisite piece of skill to create Tottenham’s second – before netting in the victories over Olympiacos and Bournemouth.

However, since December, the England midfielder, who was left out of Gareth Southgate’s most recent Three Lions squad, has been involved in just six goals in his previous 15 Premier League games and has played just 77 minutes since the restart.

Despite his loss of form in recent months, Robinson, who played for Spurs between 2004 and 2008, has backed Alli to return to his best next term.

He told Football Insider: “I thought Dele and Jose would be the perfect fit.

“At first he looked rejuvenated under Mourinho in that number 10 role, getting goals and assists but he has been far too inconsistent and there lies the problem.

“I think Dele will respond to Jose’s man management skills.

“It is very easy to criticise a player for falling below a level you expect. We know what he can do and how good he is and when he falls below that it is very easy to criticise.

“Dele Alli has a lot of competition in his position at Spurs so if he doesn’t not perform in a game he gets put on the bench.”

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