Nuno Espirito Santo has been told how he can resurrect the career of struggling Tottenham star Dele Alli, a task that previous boss Jose Mourinho was unable to manage.
Alli has struggled badly in recent seasons, failing to score in the Premier League last year and mainly being restricted to substitute appearances.
The Englishman has also completely fallen out of Gareth Southgate’s England plans, with his last international appearances coming in the 2019 Nations League finals.
He had appeared to have made a breakthrough this season under new boss Nuno, starting all six of their Premier League games so far.
But he was substituted at half-time in the humiliating North London derby defeat to Arsenal, before storming down the tunnel when he was hauled off at the hour mark against NS Mura on Thursday.
It means that Alli has taken another setback in his career, which has failed to truly take off since his breakthrough campaign in 2016/2017.
Former Tottenham star Jason Cundy believes that Alli has seen his career stagnate having lost his confidence.
“Dele Alli has lost his spark, he has. He’s lost something. His position on the pitch, I think he has to be one of those who is arriving in the box,” Cundy told talkSPORT.
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“I just wonder whether he’s just lost a bit of confidence with what happened with Jose.
“He’s lost his place in the England team. He’s seen players overtake him. Players that hadn’t even made their professional debuts when he was playing for England.
“He is now way down the pecking order. And he’s seen his career at Spurs really stagnate. He hasn’t moved on.”
Cundy does, however, believe that Nuno can restore Alli to his former place as one of England’s brightest stars, a task Mourinho failed at.
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“His game has gone, it really has and I feel for him,” Cundy added.
“I genuinely feel for him because you could see when he got taken off tonight, his face. He got taken off at the weekend at half-time against Arsenal.
“He got taken off after 58 minutes tonight and he went straight down the tunnel. I think he’s lost his way, he needs an arm round him.”
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