Antonio Conte has said he will give Dele Alli chances in his Spurs team, but he wants every member of the team to prove to him why they deserve to play.
Deles’ career has not developed as expected of him. During Conte’s previous period in England, the midfielder had the world at his feet, but has since become a pure team player in Spurs.
Conte recalled how impressive Dele was against his Chelsea team, but that this will not obscure his judgment of the player.
– I remember very well when I played against Tottenham [as Chelsea manager] in the past, “he said.” I remember a game where we lost after 13 games in a row [without defeat] against Tottenham and Dele scored two goals.
“But this is the past. Now there is a present. Dele is a player who has a great personality, physically he is strong, he is very good. I will definitely give him the opportunity to show his talent.
“At the same time, when I choose the starting eleven, I think that this starting eleven can make the team win, and also when I make changes during the match.
“I am open with every single player at Tottenham. The most important thing is that they show me that they deserve the chance to play. The door is open to every single player.
“My first thought is to try to give them the best situation to show their talent. But then they have to show me that I have to be sure to give them the chance to pay back when I give them a chance.
“We start from scratch. There is a new coach. I tell the players” show me that you deserve to play from the start and I will give you the chance to do that “.
Dele has only scored once in 22 Premier League games since the start of 2020/21, taking home the winner – from the penalty spot – in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Wolves in August.
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