Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has used the same tactic on Dele Alli that he used on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at Chelsea, the Dutchman believes.
Upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge back in 2004, Mourinho inherited a team with Hasselbaink banging goals in for fun.
However, the striker was quickly ousted by the 'Special One' in a message to the Blues dressing room that no player was indispensable.
And Hasselbaink believes that is what we are seeing with Spurs outcast Alli at present.
“He wanted to show that he could let big players go. I was still top scorer, even though two really good strikers had signed that season," the Burton manager told talkSPORT.
“Mourinho wanted to show who was boss, and I was the one he used.
"Yes, Chelsea then won the league, but I could have added to the team that year.
“But Mourinho has always done that. He’s doing it now with Dele Alli at Spurs.
"That’s how he manages, that’s how he gets success, you can’t fault him.”
Alli has been frozen out by Jose Mourinho in north London this season, making just 11 appearances in all competitions for Spurs.
As a result, the 24-year-old has been tipped to leave the club on loan in the January transfer window.
And PSG are just one of the clubs being linked with a move.
Alli has made his feelings known about former boss Mauricio Pochettino joining the French giants by liking BT Sport’s Instagram post about his appointment.
Alli was an unused substitute in Spurs’ last two Premier League outings, with his most recent appearance coming in their Carabao Cup quarter-final win away at Stoke.
Nevertheless, he reacted furiously when he was substituted in the second half after his loss of possession led to a Stoke equaliser on the night.
Mourinho too was unhappy at the end of the game, publicly calling Alli out.
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