‘If you run through fire, he is on your side’: Toby Alderweireld warns Tottenham team-mates – including outcast Dele Alli – that Jose Mourinho will ‘push you aside’ if you are ‘annoying because you are not playing’
- Toby Alderweireld says Jose Mourinho will push aside ‘annoying’ players
- The defender said that players have to work hard if they’re not playing
- One of the players currently out of favour with Mourinho is Dele Alli
- The midfielder has been left out of the last four Premier League squads
Toby Alderweireld has warned his Tottenham team-mates that Jose Mourinho will not think twice about pushing them aside if they complain about not playing.
The defender was dropped for three games after Spurs’ opening day defeat by Everton but has started the last four games and is back in favour with his manager.
One man who has not been able to win back the trust of the Tottenham boss is Dele Alli – who has played just 60 minutes of Premier League football and has been left out of the squad entirely for the last four games.
Toby Alderweireld says players have to work hard if they are out of favour with Jose Mourinho
The defender said the manager will push aside players that are annoying if they’re not playing
Alli was also subbed at half-time as Spurs fell to a 1-0 defeat in Antwerp in October.
Giving an insight into Mourinho’s management style, Alderweireld said players have to be prepared to ‘go through the fire’ to get him on side.
‘Things are going well between Mourinho and me,’ Alderweireld told HLN.
‘Everyone has a certain idea of him, that he can be very tough. But if you work for him and go through the fire, then he is really on your side.
Dele Alli has fallen down the pecking order and has played just 60 minutes of league football
‘But if you’re going to be annoying because you’re not playing, he’ll push you aside.’
PSG submitted three loan offers for Alli in the summer but stayed in north London, with the midfielder understood to have been keen to fight for his place.
Sportsmail reported earlier this month that Alli and Mourinho are still to discuss the reasons behind the Spurs boss’ decision to sideline his midfielder so frequently since the start of the season.
Likewise, questions over why he was not allowed to leave on loan during the summer are still unanswered.
There has been no fall-out between manager and player but the 24-year-old is under no illusions he needs to be playing regularly if he is to have any chance of forcing his way back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Alli appears to have shown he is ready for the fight after promising to ‘make improvements, not excuses’ in an Instagram post.
Dele Alli showed a home workout on his Instagram as he works to get back into favour
The Tottenham outcast stayed this summer and vows to ‘make improvements, not excuses’
Team-mate Eric Dier believes has previously said he does not believe Alli’s future has not been condemned at the club and that he still possesses the ‘quality’ to turn the tide.
‘Dele has the capacity, we all know his quality, we all know what he brings, he’s shown that in the past,’ Dier said.
‘It’s really up to him to put in the work, the effort, the commitment and I’m sure he will do that.
‘That’s who he is, he’s always had that drive. It’s up to him, it’s in his hands and it’s in all of our hands.
‘Individually, we all have to perform, we’ve got a very big squad and we all have to perform at the highest level if we want to play.’
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