CHELSEA

Hasselbaink explains Mourinho's strategy with Dele Alli

During his playing days, Hasselbaink, who is now coach at Burton Albion, had to leave Chelsea in 2004 when Mourinho took the reins of the team.

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Hasselbaink explains Mourinho's strategy with Dele Alli
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José Mourinho is making an example of Dele Alli at Tottenham, says former striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. The Dutchman went into coaching after his playing days ended and is now back at Burton Albion for a second spell in charge. He played under Mourinho at Chelsea in the summer of 2004 but the arrival of the Portuguese coach prompted him to leave and join Middlesbrough. From that experience, Hasselbaink believes that Mourinho is using a similar ploy with Dele Alli.

"Mourinho wanted to use me as an example, that’s how he managed”, Hasselbaink told The Daily Mail. “He wanted to show that he could let big players go. I was still top scorer, even though two really good strikers had signed that season. Mourinho wanted to show who was boss, and I was the one he used. Yes, Chelsea then won the league, but I could have added to the team that year. But Mourinho has always done that. He’s doing it now with Dele Alli at Spurs. That’s how he manages. That’s how he gets success. You can’t fault him,” the Burton Albion boss explained.

Delle Ali has made just 11 appearances this season; he has been left out of the squad 12 times and watched five whole games from the bench. In total, he has played just 407 minutes. PSG are keen to take him to Paris but Tottenham's board are not willing to let him leave at this stage of the season. It remains to be seen whether the player's desire to move to París and Mourinho leaving him out in the cold will convince Daniel Levy to let him go.