Dele Alli is Nuno Espírito Santo's best summer signing
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If you compare Dele Alli's performances last campaign under Jose Mourinhoand Ryan Mason to the 2021 / 22 pre-season, it is like night and day. 

The midfielder is looking like he's enjoying being out there, and following the worst season of his career at Spurs, Dele is looking to be like a new transfer and bring a different energy for the 'Lilywhites'. 


Less than a month away from starting the new Premier League year, Alli has produced some great performances in the three pre-season games he's played so far.

Dele has recorded three goal contributions in two games, two consecutive goals in pre-season, and is looking way more comfortable playing in his natural position in a midfield of three. 

Many people are talking about who will Spurs sign this summer, but it turns out one of Tottenham's biggest stories for the next couple of weeks will be Dele Alli getting back to his best. 

The 25 year-old, who wore the captain armband for Spurs against his former team MK Dons, has done some incredible work going from box to box in these preparation games, and it shouldn't surprise us to see him play an important role for Nuno Espírito Santo's side this season. 

Last season struggles

Dele played 385 minutes in the six league matches that Mason was in charge of. To put this into perspective, he only played 233 minutes in 32 league matches under Mourinho.  

“The only person I blame is myself," he told Goal in an exclusive interview. "I should be performing at a level where it is difficult to not put me in the team or not play me. I don’t blame anyone but myself.

"Working with Mourinho was a great experience and one I learned a lot from. It has been a tough few years but I have been working hard and analysing what I need to do to get better.”