Hugo Lloris says Dele Alli has ‘switched on’ since the transfer market closed with Tottenham midfielder hitting a streak of form after club rejected his hopes of a move to PSG
- Hugo Lloris has hailed Dele Alli following his strong performance at Fulham
- Alli made his first league start since the opening day as Spurs ran out 1-0 victors
- The 24-year-old came close to leaving north London for PSG in January
- And Spurs keeper Lloris lauded his English team-mate’s professionalism
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has praised Dele Alli for the way he reset after being stopped from leaving the club in January.
Alli was keen to depart Spurs during the recent transfer window having been frozen out by Jose Mourinho in the first half of the season, with former boss Mauricio Pochettino keen to take him to Paris Saint-Germain on loan.
The 24-year-old was told to stay in north London and has since reintegrated into the team, making his first Premier League start since the opening day of the season in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Fulham.
Hugo Lloris has hailed Tottenham star Dele Alli following Jose Mourinho’s side’s win at Fulham
Alli made his first league start since the opening day, playing a big part in the game’s only goal
Lloris said Alli has kept his professionalism and that the best is still to come.
‘Well, I don’t want to talk about January. It’s his personal situation and I don’t want to talk on behalf of the club, I’m not the right person to do it,’ the France goalkeeper said.
‘As a team-mate, he’s always been professional, he put his disappointment on the side and from day one in the second part of the season, after the transfer market closed, he switched on and he started to step-by-step improve his fitness and get as much confidence as he can.
‘Now he’s coming back and that’s good for the team and obviously the best for the season is ahead of us.’
He had been frozen out by Mourinho and missed a January switch to Paris Saint Germain
Spurs clawed their way back into the Premier League top four race with three points at Fulham, though they were lucky to get them.
After bossing the first half and going in front through Tosin Adarabioyo’s own goal, they retreated after the break and had VAR to thank for disallowing Josh Maja’s equaliser following a controversial handball in the build-up.
They are now five points adrift of fourth place Chelsea but, after winning back-to-back games for the first time since November, Lloris says anything is possible.
‘For some reason there has been ups and downs in our performance,’ he added. ‘But we’re still looking forward to improve things and get better.
But Lloris has hailed Alli’s professionalism to force his way back into Mourinho’s Spurs plans
‘And you know, we still believe we can finish high in the table, we’re still in the race. But it’s difficult obviously.
‘We’ve missed points but with 12 games to go anything is possible and we need to believe.
‘The confidence is coming back into the team so that’s one point that’s very important. And obviously when you see important players coming back, like Dele and Gareth (Bale) again…for different reasons they could not play at the level they wanted to help the team [previously] but it was the case [that they did] and that’s good for the team and for the club.’
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