Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo says it’s down to him to help Dele Alli rediscover his best form, with midfielder having not featured in the top flight since a dismal display at Arsenal last month and flopping in European defeat at Vitesse
- Tottenham slumped to a 1-0 loss against Vitesse in Europa Conference League
- Nuno Espirito Santo made 11 changes but his fringe players disappointed
- Dele Alli started the game after not playing in the league since defeat to Arsenal
- Alli was woeful in the first-half in the derby and didn’t return after half-time
- But despite his recent poor form, the boss believes Alli can return to his best
Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo is determined to help Dele Alli regain his best form.
Alli, who endured a torrid season last year and looked set to leave in January, started the campaign well under Nuno in a three-man midfield.
But he was woefully exposed in the first half of the north London derby where Arsenal steamed into a 3-0 lead and he did not return after half-time.
Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo (left) is determined to help Dele Alli (right) regain his best form
He has not played in the Premier League since and now finds himself back in the Thursday night club, featuring in the Europa Conference League.
The 25-year-old is hardly excelling as he put in a limp display as Spurs lost 1-0 to Vitesse Arnhem and it does not look like he is going to get back in Nuno’s league team any time soon.
But the Portuguese is committed to helping him get back to his best.
Tottenham’s fringe side slumped to a poor defeat at Vitesse Arnhem in the Conference League
‘All the players in our squad, we have to realise that during their careers there are ups and downs,’ Nuno said. ‘It is my job to try and make the best out of them, Dele included.
‘I don’t look individually when I judge them, I am very fair. Dele started very well in the competition and now he is not in his best moment so it is up to us to get him back in the best moment he can.
‘He is working hard, he’s committed, so we have to support and find the right solutions to give him confidence so we can have him back in the best way he can.’
Nuno ditched his 4-3-3 formation after that horror show at Arsenal, going to a 4-2-3-1 which has produced back-to-back wins in the Premier League.
Dele played in the number 10 role in that system in Holland and Nuno added: ‘We started the season with three midfielders, with Skippy (Oliver Skipp), Pierre (Emile Hojbjerg) and Dele.
The midfielder provided experience for Tottenham but failed to help his side control the game
‘I think he did well, he did well. Now he played today in a different position. I think he’s versatile enough to do both positions.’
Spurs have no fresh injuries for the trip to West Ham.
The 11 players that played all 90 minutes in the 3-2 win at Newcastle last week did not travel to Holland while Nuno does not think there were any issues picked up by those who were in action on Thursday.
Matt Doherty and Ryan Sessegnon are the only players in the treatment room.