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There is never a dull moment when it comes to Jose Mourinho managing in the Premier League.
His tendency to make the headlines with a controversial player selection or soundbite about wanting more makes Mourinho one of the most attention-grabbing managers in the division.
In a week that’s included the arrival of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid, one would expect Mourinho to have things relatively settled at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
That proved to be the case only until Sunday morning when team news filtering through from St Mary’s Stadium included one notable exclusion.
Dele Alli had been left out of the side by the Spurs manager, with Mourinho admitting in his pre-match interview that the England international isn’t injured.
Spurs’ 5-2 victory without him doesn’t bode well for Alli’s Tottenham future either.
Below, we examine three options that the Spurs midfielder has to choose from.
Find a new club
Reports filtering through during the first half of Spurs’ game against Southampton illustrate how unpredictable current transfer negotiations are.
According to the Telegraph, Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have begun talks to sign Alli, with Spurs reportedly willing to let the attacking midfielder leave before the end of the transfer window.
It is understood that the arrival of Gareth Bale has encouraged the club to actively consider selling Alli. Spurs have reportedly offered the England international to several clubs, with PSG currently the most likely destination.
From the player’s perspective, a move to PSG would be a fresh opportunity but one that comes with a great deal of risk.
The possibility of not playing every week is quite clear given the depth of talent Thomas Tuchel has at his disposal.
However, the French champions are understood to be long-term admirers of Alli, and a change of scenery might do him the world of good.
Convince Mourinho he should be part of the plans
Tanguy Ndombele probably stands as the best example to support the view that Mourinho will always be willing to give players another chance.
In the case of Alli, it wouldn’t be the first time he has had to try and work his way back into the starting XI.
However, doing so under Mourinho and with such public reports that he’s being offered elsewhere makes things a lot more tricky.
The prospect of Alli being able to work his way back into the first-team picture probably depends on whether or not a proposed move elsewhere comes to fruition.
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Stick it out at Spurs
Mourinho’s pre-match interview on Sunday made it seem like he had decided to leave one player out to dry after a poor showing last weekend.
Alli didn’t perform well in the defeat by Everton but nor did the vast majority of Mourinho’s squad.
Therefore, sticking it out at Spurs might seem like a less probable option than leaving for pastures new.
If Alli does try and remain at Spurs by biding his time out of the starting XI, he will need to work hard in training and keep his head down to convince Mourinho of his value.
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