Speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Football.london), former Manchester City defender turned pundit, Micah Richards has issued an advice for Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager on how to get the best out of Dele Alli, writes ToTheLaneAndBack.
Tottenham currently are without a permanent manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last month. Former midfielder Ryan Mason has been placed in charge on an interim basis until the end of the season, following which a new manager will be appointed.
And, Richards has issued a piece of advice to the new manager, whoever that might be, on how they could get the best out of Dele Alli. The 25-year-old has endured a forgetful 2020/21 campaign, having completely fallen out of favour under Mourinho.
Things have looked better in the past couple of games, though, with Alli showing signs of promise yet again. And, Richards has now claimed that it is important for whoever takes over at the club next must nurture the England international with care. (h/t Football.london)
“He needs to be nurtured. You don’t become a bad player overnight. What did he score, 16 or 17 goals in one of his earlier seasons? He’s got absolutely everything. As a young player, sometimes you lose your focus, sometimes you get a little bit ahead of yourselves and sometimes a manager doesn’t fancy you.
“I have no doubt there’s quality in there, but they need to get him on the pitch first and once he’s on the pitch, he can show what he can do. I don’t buy into the fact that he’s not good enough anymore, that’s absolute nonsense. When he first came on the scene, everyone was like, ‘wow’.”
Alli, as iterated earlier, has shown his qualities in the past couple of games. It is only the matter of the manager showing faith in his abilities and backing him that the ex-MK Dons starlet needs – something that was not forthcoming under Jose. Hopefully, that changes under the new manager, whoever that’s going to be.