Jose Mourinho confirms Dele Alli is back in his Tottenham plans

Jose Mourinho confirms Dele Alli is back in his plans and could play against Aston Villa as he hails Tottenham star’s ‘professionalism and attitude’ in FA Cup thrashing of non-league Marine

  • Dele Alli was in fine form as he helped Tottenham beat non-league Marine 5-0
  • The England international, 24, has had a frustrating season so far for Spurs
  • He has often struggled to make bench, but appears to now be back in the fold
  • Jose Mourinho confirmed Dele is back in his plans, and could play vs Aston Villa 

Jose Mourinho confirmed Dele Alli is back in plans at Tottenham and could feature against Aston Villa as he hailed the midfielder’s ‘professionalism and attitude’ in their FA Cup victory over Marine.

The 24-year-old starred in Spurs’ 5-0 thrashing of the non-league side, setting up Carlos Vincius’ opener and being involved in much of the action, after being handed a rare start by Mourinho.

The midfielder has struggled to even make the bench in several of Tottenham’s Premier League games this season.

Midfielder Dele Alli appears to have forced his way back into manager Jose Mourinho’s plans

The England international, 24, was in fine form as he helped Tottenham thrash Marine 5-0

But the England international appears to have forced his way back into fold at the north London as they get set to return to top flight action against Aston Villa on Wednesday.

‘He was here today and of course it was not the match to measure the quality’, Mourinho said when asked if Alli would play in the clash.

‘But the professionalism and attitude and I am very happy with it.

Alli has had a frustrating season far for Spurs, often failing to even make bench in the league

‘I will not be surprised if next Wednesday Dele is playing with us.

The heavy victory ensured there was no giant-killing to be had in the FA Cup third round tie in Crosby, with opponents Marine 161 places behind them in the football pyramid.

‘I am really happy with his attitude in the game. Of course we didn’t want to risk much, the pitch is a bit dangerous and their enthusiasm can put the creative ones in some risk.’, Mourinho added. 

‘But I am happy – good professionalism, good dynamic from him and Gedson (Fernandes) to start trying to create, so really pleased for the performance.’

He was left red-faced, however, after tripping over comically in front of the dugout and sparking hysterics among his team-mates.

He did have an unfortunate moment during the game after taking a tumble on the pitch

The incident left his Tottenham team-mates nearby on the bench in hysterics of laughter

There has been a cloud of doubt over their clash with Villa, with the Midland outfit hit with a significant Covid outbreak which forced their whole first team and coaches into isolation and 10 players test positive for the virus.

They were forced to field a side entirely of academy players in a 4-1 defeat by Liverpool on Friday, and there is doubt whether the Spurs game will go ahead at all.

But asked whether he thinks the Villa game will go ahead, Mourinho replied: ‘Yeah. Nobody told me that I’m not going to play so (on Monday morning) we start to prepare for that game, and the same Tuesday unless somebody tells us different.’ 

Mourinho praised Alli’s ‘professionalism and attitude’ and says he could play in Villa clash

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