​Jose Mourinho has told Dele Alli to embrace his new advanced role in the Tottenham team after the England man scored two goals in his side's 3-2 victory over Bournemouth. 

After struggling for form towards the latter stages of the Mauricio Pochettino era, Mourinho made it his mission to help Dele recapture his old swagger.

The 23-year-old has thrived since Mourinho's arrival, where he has been deployed further forward, just behind ​Harry Kane

Mourinho says this is where he sees Dele as most effective, also revealing his delight at his recent performances

As quoted by the ​Mail, Mourinho said: "For me, Dele is not a midfield player. We want him to have the freedom to associate with the attacking players, this is the best position for him.

"He's playing really, really well. I couldn't ask any more of him."

Alli's new role is not dissimilar to the one he was given during his inaugural season at Spurs in 2015/16, where the former MK Dons man enjoyed the perfect breakthrough campaign, notching up 10 goals and nine assists as he scooped the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Two similarly impressive seasons followed, but Alli was not at his best during Pochettino's final year in charge, contributing just five Premier League goals. As a result, he was dropped from the England squad in November.

Jose Mourinho,Dele Alli

The Mourinho impact has been instant, with Alli rewarding his manager's faith by finding the net three times in three games.

This should delight Mourinho, who began life at Tottenham by asking Alli: "Are you Dele or Dele's brother?", with the Spurs boss admitting that he was well aware of the talent he possessed before taking charge.

"I'd only played against him a few times," Mourinho added. "I knew the qualities of the players and that's the direction I went in. For a player of such quality it is not possible that he is not performing at a high level.

"Sometimes they are not at their best level but then I find him a good guy in the group. A good guy. Not a selfish person that thinks only about himself. Not at all. He's a Spurs boy, a group boy. The group is a good family. They have very good empathy between them."

Spurs fans will be hoping that Dele can maintain his new found form, as Spurs face a trip to Mourinho's former employees ​Manchester United next up.