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Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo says it’s up to him to help Dele Alli rediscover his best form

Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo says it is up to him to help Dele Alli rediscover his best form as the midfielder has not appeared in the top flight since a dismal showing at Arsenal last month and also failed in the European defeat at Vitesse.

  • Tottenham fell to a 1-0 loss to Vitesse in the Europa Conference League
  • Nuno Espirito Santo made 11 changes but his marginal players disappointed
  • Dele Alli started the game after not playing in the league since the defeat against Arsenal
  • There was sad in the first part of the derby and did not return after the break
  • But despite her recent poor form, the boss believes Alli can get back to her best.


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Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo is determined to help Dele Alli regain his best form.

Alli, who endured a torrid season last year and looked ready to leave in January, started the season well behind Nuno in a three-man midfield.

But he was woefully exposed in the first half of the North London derby, where Arsenal took a 3-0 lead and did not return after the break.

The Portuguese coach started Alli in the Europa Conference League when he made 11 changes to the team that beat Newcastle.

Alli started the campaign well under Nuno in a three-man midfield, but he was pitiful against Arsenal earlier this season.

Alli started the campaign well under Nuno in a three-man midfield, but he was pitiful against Arsenal earlier this season.

Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo (left) is determined to help Dele Alli regain his best form

He has not played in the Premier League since then and is now back at Thursday’s nightclub, participating in the Europa Conference League.

The 25-year-old hardly stands out as he made a weak display when Spurs lost 1-0 to Vitesse Arnhem and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be returning to Nuno’s league team anytime soon.

But the Portuguese is committed to helping him get back to his best level.

Tottenham's fringe side fell to a bad defeat at Vitesse Arnhem in the Conference League

Tottenham's fringe side fell to a bad defeat at Vitesse Arnhem in the Conference League

Tottenham’s fringe side fell to a bad defeat at Vitesse Arnhem in the Conference League

“All the players in our squad, we have to realize that during their careers there are ups and downs,” said Nuno. “It’s my job to try to get the best out of them,” Dele included.

‘I do not look individually when I judge them, I am very fair. Dele started very well in the competition and now he is not in his best moment so it is up to us to take him back in the best moment he can.

“He is working hard, he is committed, so we have to support him and find the right solutions to give him confidence and to have him back in the best possible way.”

Nuno ditched his 4-3-3 formation after that horror show at Arsenal, going to a 4-2-3-1 that has produced back-to-back Premier League wins.

Dele played the 10th role in that system in the Netherlands and Nuno added: ‘We started the season with three midfielders, with Skippy (Oliver Skipp), Pierre (Emile Hojbjerg) and Dele.

The midfielder brought experience to Tottenham, but did not help his team control the game

The midfielder brought experience to Tottenham, but did not help his team control the game

The midfielder brought experience to Tottenham, but did not help his team control the game

I think he did well, he did well. Now he played today in a different position. I think he’s versatile enough to do both. ‘

The Spurs have no new injuries for the trip to West Ham.

The 11 players who played the 90 minutes in a 3-2 win at Newcastle last week did not travel to the Netherlands, while Nuno does not believe there are any problems detected by those in action on Thursday.

Matt Doherty and Ryan Sessegnon are the only players in the treatment room.

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