Dele Alli was back among the goals on Saturday afternoon, scoring twice as Tottenham narrowly defeated Bournemouth 3-2.


After struggling for form under Mauricio Pochettino, the arrival of Jose Mourinho has been a shot in the arm for the England midfielder and Alli's goal and assist contribution under the Portuguese has already drastically improved.

As noted by Opta, in Mourinho's two Premier League fixtures, Alli has been involved in three goals - which equals the contribution from his last 12 games under Pochettino.


Saturday's brace was Alli at his positive best, making runs behind the opposition defence and demonstrating excellent composure to slot home. The trio of goal contributions is completed by the perfectly-weighted through ball that enabled Son Heung-min - who incidentally now has 71 Premier League goal contributions to his name (46 goals and 25 assists) - to open the scoring against West Ham. 


That game, the first in the Mourinho era. also included that sublime flick to keep the ball in play and set Spurs free to score their second of the afternoon. 


Mourinho was quick to point out that he doesn't see ​Alli as a midfielder after Saturday's game and wants him continue joining Spurs' attacking players in forward areas - arguably where he can cause the most damage.


The freedom that Alli has been afforded under his new manager is a far cry from how Pochettino deployed him as his tenure came to an end - and Alli is clearly thriving from Tottenham playing to his strengths.

In two Premier League fixtures under Mourinho, Alli has been allowed to roam around the attacking trio ahead of him and occupy his favoured space near the left flank. West Ham, in particular, found it difficult to deal with the overload that Alli's movement caused and it was no surprise that two of Spurs' three goals came from pressuring the Hammers in the right back position.


Alli's second against Bournemouth saw the England international drifting in from near the left wing and exploiting the Cherries' inability to deal with his touch and movement as he drove into the box. 


There is, perhaps, concern for Mourinho elsewhere though. Against the Cherries, Spurs faced 20 shots, the highest amount they have faced in a home Premier League game since they faced Manchester City at the old White Hart Lane four years ago.

Moussa Sissoko

They have also shipped at two goals in each of Mourinho's three games in charge, showing there is plenty of work still to be done at the back. One final positive to chew over is that Moussa Sissoko is finally a Premier League goalscorer once more - netting for the first time in 69 Premier League appearances for Spurs.