Dele Alli is on the verge of joining Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas.
The now 26-year-old was once one of the finest young talents in Europe.
So much so, that former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino once compared him to the great footballing icons Ronaldinho and Diego Maradona.
But fast forward to the modern day, and Alli has fallen off the wagon of progression.
Gone are the comparisons to footballing legends or talk of a big future with England.
Which makes one particular conversation between him and Jose Mourinho seem even more poignant now.
Mourinho lays it bare for Alli
Mourinho had an open and honest one-to-one conversation with Alli that was aired on Amazon’s documentary, ‘All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur’.
In the chat, Mourinho tells Alli that he needs to put the effort in and fulfil his potential or he will regret it later in life.
“Maybe, inside, you are telling me to f*** off, but I have to tell you exactly what I see,” Mourinho said.
“I have no doubts about your potential. I saw you do incredible things in incredible matches. But I always felt that you had ups and downs.
“There is a huge difference between a player who has consistency and a player who has moments. That is what makes the difference between a top, top player and a player with top potential.
“It is something to analyse yourself for you to realise why your career has been MK Dons, Tottenham, national team… bang!
“Then, when you reached the top, why do you have these little ups and downs?
“I don’t know if it is to do with your lifestyle – if in one period you were an amazing professional but in another period you felt you had become a party boy.
“I have no idea – only you can know that.
“I am 56 now and yesterday I was 20. Time flies.
“One day I think you will regret it if you don’t reach what you can reach.
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“I am not expecting you to be the Man-of-the-Match every game. I am not expecting you to score goals every game. I want just to tell you that you will regret it.
“You should demand more from yourself. It should not be me demanding more from you.
“Nobody else. You. You should demand more from yourself.”
"𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐈 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡"— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) January 26, 2022
Dele Alli's future is the topic of much discussion…
A throwback to his fascinating chat with Jose Mourinho in 𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐫 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠: 𝐒𝐩𝐮𝐫𝐬 pic.twitter.com/H3dCY8KhjZ
With Alli now reportedly on the verge of joining Besiktas, those wise words from Mourinho seem so relevant for the Englishman.
He’s managed just seven months at Goodison Park and now it seems the club are happy to allow him to move on.
For a player of his undoubted talent, who should now be entering the prime of his career, the whole situation seems a real shame.
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