Some Tottenham Hotspur supporters have taken to Twitter to let Jose Mourinho know they want Gareth Bale and Dele Alli to start against West Ham United on Sunday (midday kick-off).
The rallying cries began shortly after Bale and Alli starred in Spurs’ 4-1 Europa League victory over Wolfsberger last night.
Both players have played bit-part roles for Mourinho this season. Alli was making just his seventh start of the season, Bale his 11th.
Despite their lack of meaningful minutes, the pair shone against their Austrian opponents – especially Bale, who scored and assisted a Tottenham goal in the same game for the first time since April 2013.
Bale and Alli ‘needed’
The performances of Bale and Alli prompted some fans to call for them to be included in the first XI sheet for Sunday’s derby at the London Stadium.
Here’s some reaction from Twitter:
Mourinho: ‘Yellow cards’
Neither Bale nor Alli managed the full 90 minutes but Mourinho explained the reasons behined his substitutions.
He said in his post-match press conference: “I took Gareth off because I know that in this process it’s not so easy for him to play the 90 minutes.
“In Dele’s case, he worked hard (but) he got a yellow card. When you have a yellow card, and with the referee showing so easily yellow cards to us, it was always a risk.”
Alli and Bale just part of Tottenham’s treasure
Bale and Alli will both be desperate to gain more game time.
When he’s at the top of his game, the Welshman still gets into most top clubs in Europe. Unfortunately, he hasn’t reached that level for some time.
The same can probably be said for Alli, although it wasn’t long ago the 24-year-old was being linked to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain (Daily Mail).
With both now seemingly fully fit and available, there’s an argument to say Mourinho’s squad is at its strongest since he arrived in 2019.
The healthy headache for the Spurs tactician is to try to keep all his expensive pupils happy in their footballing classroom.
From Wolfsberger to West Ham
Spurs were comfortable winners against Wolfsberger last night, which wasn’t a surprise considering the side Mourinho put out.
Aside from Harry Kane, who was rested, and the benching of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele, it could be argued Tottenham went full strength.
When it comes to West Ham, however, David Moyes’ in-form men will offer a much sterner test.
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