JOSE MOURINHO’S Tottenham made it three straights wins with the victory over Bournemouth.
But Spurs did not have it all of their own way,holding on for a 3-2 victory.
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DELE ALLI’S new lease of life under boss Jose Mourinho can benefit England, says Gareth Southgate. *******************
The Three Lions boss is delighted Tottenham’s new manager is playing the midfielder in the No 10 position.
Southgate said: “Jose has played him as a No 10 and that’s his best position, as he has the freedom to run on into the box.
“That has been very clear for a long time. So it’s great he’s back on the scoring trail.
“At the moment, players like Dele are fighting to get into Tottenham’s team and pleasing their manager there.
“So if the consequence of that is that they are in form for us then for sure that will be in the players’ minds, but at this stage of the season they are thinking about their clubs.”
MAURICIO POCHETTINO returned to the first club he ever played for as speculation continues to grow about him joining Arsenal or Manchester United.
The sacked Tottenham boss was visiting Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys where he came through the youth set-up and played for between 1989 and 1994.
On his arrival he was greeted by current members of staff of the club and was presented with a framed shirt.
Meanwhile, Poch is one of many top names linked with succeeding Unai Emery at Arsenal, who are now eigh games without a win.
And pressure mounted on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after frustrated draws against promoted sides Sheffield United and Aston Villa in United’s last tow Premier League matches.
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are also said to be interested in Poch.
MAN UTD 2 ASTON VILLA 2: BIG MATCH VERDICT
Neil Custis gives his verdict on the latest Premier League disappointment for United.
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER clearly sees something in Anthony Martial that Jose Mourinho did not.
It was in the summer of 2018 away at Manchester United’s LA training base when the former boss indicated privately that he was ready to let him go. He was overruled by the club’s hierarchy.
Mourinho saw something very early on in the player’s body language and attitude that was not going to fit for him.
He felt the French forward listened to his agent more than he listened to him.
Well whatever Solskjaer is telling him he is certainly not listening to him either, not on the evidence of the last two games.
Pundit Gary Neville was at his wits end complaining about a lack of movement upfront in the first half at Bramall Lane with Martial barely involved.
With the exception of a couple of darting runs it was the same against Aston Villa.
While Marcus Rashford is constantly on the move and giving his team-mates something to aim for Martial is a static figure.
The goals stats are not a disaster but this is not a player who is going to be a danger to opponents week in week out.
Gone are the excuses about age, adapting to the Premier League etc.
A game like this against a side who just don’t win away from home was a present for a top class forward. Martial just didn’t accept it.
Rashford did with a goal and non-stop running, even Victor Lindelof got on the score sheet in this 2-2 draw.
Daniel James provides a threat with his crosses but as a number nine Martial does not read these situations.
When he did have a chance to win this game in a 78 th minute goalmouth scramble he somehow managed to scoop the ball over the net from four yards.
You could argue he was trying to be clever, but ended up looking daft.
For me this team look far more threatening when teenager Mason Greenwood is on the pitch.
He can sniff out a goal, his movement spreads defences, but Solskjaer is reticent to give the 18 – year-old too much game time. He waited until the 82 nd minute to switch them in this game.
To drop Martial for Greenwood from the start seems to be too big a call right now, but it’s one that needs to be made.
ANALYSIS: By Danny Higginbotham
DELE ALLI is flying now Jose Mourinho has given him the freedom to express himself further up the pitch. *******************
He’s already picked up three goals and an assist in the three games sincethe Portuguese replaced Mauricio Pochettino.
There has been a lot of debate over the years as to Dele’s best position.
Some say he is best suited to a deeper role where he will get more time and space on the ball as teams drop off.
But Mourinho has other ideas and has asked him to play higher, getting as close as possible to the other attacking threats.
Looking at their average position against Sheffield United under Pochettino, Dele – playing as a No 10 in a 4-2-3-1 system – was deeper, miles away from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
But on Saturday, playing the same position, you can see just how close he is to them. Spurs are now defending with a six and attacking with a four.
Kane is the focal point, the other pacy forwards play off him and look to get in behind.
The 53. 7 per cent possession they had at home to Bournemouth was the second lowest of the season at White Hart Lane.
Mourinho has decided to allow the opposition more of the ball. Dele’s two goals came from long balls over Bournemouth’s defense by Toby Alderweireld.
By giving up possession, Bournemouth’s defensive line pushed higher and higher, enabling balls to be played over the top into space. But this is by no means a defensive tactic – by doing it Spurs actually created more chances – and Dele is thriving.
Yes, he’s enjoying his football again, but it’s not as simple as that. He missed the start of the season through injury and didn’t make his first Prem start until October 19 against Watford, their ninth game of the campaign.
People forget he’s only 23 so it’s only natural that he’s going to have ups and downs .
Because of the way he burst on the scene they have expected him to carry that form on forever. It was only a matter of time before he came good again – and long may it continue.