Mauricio Pochettino's relentless Tottenham were epitomised by the dynamic front four of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son-Heung min. Now, over four years later, only one of those remains and he is now club captain following Kane's late summer move to Bayern Munich.
While finding a replacement for their talisman is near-impossible, Ange Postecoglou bringing James Maddison to the club has seen him seamlessly fill the shoes of Eriksen and it looks as though Postecoglou could have now found his very own Dele.
The England midfielder has struggled since signing for Everton in January 2022 with a recent loan to Besiktas turning into a disaster. Earlier this year he opened up on his horrific childhood trauma in a hard-hitting interview with Gary Neville, which brought about messages of support from across the footballing world.
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While under Pochettino and during part of the Jose Mourinho tenure, Dele was frequently unplayable with his best season seeing him score 22 goals and pick up 13 assists across four competitions. The 27-year-old's late runs into the box became the source of so many goals for Spurs with his incisive decision-making in high-pressure situations proving to be extremely valuable.
Since his departure, the north Londoners have struggled to find another player who can offer the same as Dele, but the debut of Brennan Johnson showed he could be a successor. The Wales international completed a £47million deadline day move to Spurs from Nottingham Forest and, in search of goals, was introduced to make his first SpursRead on football.london