Tottenham Hotspur fans have high hopes for 2020-21, with the club three weeks away from the Premier League opener against Everton.
While new players will be a priority for Spurs as the club looks to fight for trophies next term, Jose Mourinho’s biggest challenge is getting the best out of the talented but inconsistent squad at his disposal.
No-one in a Tottenham shirt fits that description better than Dele Alli – the mercurial but temperamental attacking midfielder with the world at his feet.
Since joining Spurs as a fresh-faced teenager, the 24-year-old has been a key man for the side, scoring some amazing goals and gone on to become an England international.
However, disciplinary issues, question marks over his best position and a lack of impact in certain big games have been Alli’s downfall in his time at Tottenham.
It is clear that Mourinho rates the former MK Dons man, as the attacking midfielder has been a mainstay in the side since the Spurs boss took over from Mauricio Pochettino.
A new 4-2-3-1 formation against Ipswich on Saturday saw Alli fill the Tottenham number 10 role – his best position in my eyes – and the England international contributed two assists in a good display.
Alli is no longer a rising star or prospect for the future – at 24 he needs to mature and add consistency to his game.
If the inventive midfielder can link up with Harry Kane in that number 10 role in the early days of this season, 2020-21 may well be the campaign that he develops into the superstar that all Spurs fans have their fingers crossed he can become.