Antonio Conte says Dele Alli WILL be given the chance to prove himself

Antonio Conte insists Dele Alli WILL be given the chance to prove himself at Tottenham after being an unused substitute in the Italian manager’s first game in charge against Vitesse

  • Antonio Conte insists Dele Alli will be given the chance to prove himself at Spurs
  • The midfielder fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo 
  • Alli was an unused substitute in Conte’s first game in charge of Tottenham 

Antonio Conte insists Dele Alli will be given the chance to prove himself at Tottenham.

The Spurs midfielder has endured a nightmare period in his career after falling out of favour with former bosses Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo.

Alli was an unused substitute in Conte’s first game in charge in the Europa Conference League victory over Vitesse raising concerns that his troubles may be set to continue under the new boss.

Antonio Conte insists Dele Alli will be given the chance to prove himself at Tottenham

However, ahead of his first Premier League game in charge of Tottenham against Everton on Sunday, Conte is adamant Alli will get his opportunity if he fights to earn it.

‘Dele is a player who has great potential,’ said Conte. ‘Physically he’s strong, and he’s very good.

‘For sure I will give him the possibility to show his talent.

‘At the same time, when I pick the starting 11, it’s because I think this starting 11 can help the team to win. And also when I make changes during the game.’

Alli was an unused substitute in Conte’s first game in charge in the Europa Conference League victory over Vitesse but the Italian insisted he could prove himself in training 

Conte knows only too well how talented Alli can be. Alli was just 20 back in January 2017 when he scored both goals in a 2-0 win for Tottenham against Conte’s Chelsea.

Conte also remembers it ended a run of 13 straight league wins.

This was on Alli’s way to becoming the youngest English midfielder to 50 Premier League goals as the age of just 23.

He’s 25 now and has it all to prove again.

‘I remember very well when we played against Tottenham in the past, especially one game when we lost after 13 wins in a row against Tottenham,’ said Conte. ‘Dele scored twice. But this is the past. Now there is a present.’

It’s not just Alli who must prove himself. Conte is an intense coach. He demands ultimate effort in training and games. He expects his players to give him everything.

The midfielder fell out of favour under former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho (left) 

He also struggled to make it into Nuno Espirito Santo’s side before he was sacked 

‘I am open for every single player in Tottenham,’ said Conte. ‘The most important thing is that they show me that they deserve to have the chance to play. The door is open for every single player.

‘My first thought is to try to give them the best situation to show their talent. And then they have to show me. I must be sure that you will repay [me] when I give you a chance.

‘Every single player in Tottenham. Now we are starting from zero. There is a new coach. I tell the players, every single player: show me that you deserve to play from the start and I’ll give you the chance to do it.’




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