Former Spurs ace Louis Saha has backed Dele Alli to return to his best for Tottenham this season.
Alli struggled for form under Jose Mourinho’s stewardship before being reduced to a sporadic role in the squad that saw him excluded from a number of Premier League matchday squads.
The Englishman will be hoping to get back to his best under new Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo and has previously admitted that his decline in consistency was his own fault.
“The only person I blame is myself,” he told Goal last month. “I should be performing at a level where it is difficult to not put me in the team or not play me. I don’t blame anyone but myself.
“Working with Mourinho was a great experience and one I learned a lot from.”
And Saha has admitted he respects the 25-year-old’s work ethic, claiming that he must take any opportunity handed to him this season with both hands.
“This season is a very big season for Dele Alli” Saha told GentingBet.
“He has to take the opportunity to start from fresh after two years struggling for form. This is a good opportunity for his development, for him to motivate himself and prove his doubters wrong. You can see that he is a humble guy.
“He understands what’s happening to him and is working hard to get back on track. He will have all my support and respect because of that. I like people who tend to fight for their place, and in silence as well. So yes, big up to him.”
Alli was imperious under Mauricio Pochettino’s stewardship, bagging 55 goals and 52 assists in 194 games for the Argentine, an impressive feat considering he was often deployed in the middle of the park