Perhaps, on reflection, José Mourinho wished it had been Dele’s brother after all. As Dele Alli hurled his water bottle to the ground in fury at being substituted against RB Leipzig on Wednesday night, as first right boot and then left boot were flung off, Mourinho might have been tempted to conclude that his attempts at motivating his star playmaker had not met with unreserved success.
Four players remain sidelined as we build up to Saturday lunchtime’s clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. There’s encouraging news on midfielder Moussa Sissoko, though, who has commenced on-field rehabilitation after undergoing knee surgery recently.
Defender Juan Foyth, meanwhile, is in the late stages of conditioning following a groin injury. Moussa and Juan remain out, alongside Harry Kane, who is continuing rehabilitation from his hamstring injury, and Heung-Min Son, who is recovering following arm surgery.
Six in his last 5, the Champions League quarter-finals just around the corner, Kane hamstrung and no centre-forward signing during the January window, then all of a sudden, Spurs undroppable man has been speared by the deadly “Spanish Archer” and given the “El-bow”.
Chelsea star Willian will see his contract expire in the summer and plans to negotiate have hit a brick wall while a transfer to Tottenham could go through.
The Special One has a brilliant relationship with the winger, who made him a key player at Stamford Bridge during his second spell in charge.