Antonio Conte has hailed Dele Alli as a player with “great potential” and has promised him the opportunity to restart games for Tottenham, if he proves he deserves it.
Alli has 12 appearances for Spurs this season, but failed to impress Nuno Espirito Santo, and his playing time became increasingly limited at the end of the Portuguese’s brief reign.
There he also struggled with José Mourinho, Nuno’s predecessor, but Conte has positive memories of the 25-year-old from his previous spell in England.
Alli scored twice for Spurs when they ended Chelsea’s 13-game winning streak in the 2016/17 season, the year the Blues won the Premier League with Conte.
And the new Spurs boss said: “I remember very well when we played Tottenham in the past, specifically a game where we lost after 13 wins in a row and Dele scored twice.
“But this is the past. Now there is a present and for sure Dele is a player with great potential. Physically he is strong and very good.”
“I’m sure I give him the chance to show he’s talented. At the same time when I choose the starting eleven I do it because I think they can lead the team to win, the same when I make changes during the game.
“I am open, I am open to all Tottenham players. The most important thing is that they show me that they deserve the opportunity to play.
“The door is open for each and every player. My first thought is to try to give them the best situation to show their talent, but then they must show me that I must make sure to give them a chance and reward them. For all players, every player .
“For now we are starting from scratch, there is a new coach. I say to each player, not specifically Dele, ‘show me that you deserve to play from the beginning and I will give you the opportunity to start.’
Conte’s Spurs reign began with a chaotic 3-2 win over Dutch Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, and on Sunday he will take over his first Premier League game at Everton.
Conte’s last Premier League game for Chelsea was a 3-0 loss at Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle, and the Italian expects a tough match when he meets the Spaniard again at Goodison Park.
“I remember losing my last Premier League game to Benitez,” he said. “Without a doubt, our expectation is to have a difficult game because Everton is a really good team. Goodison Park is not an easy place to play.
“At the same time, we want to show, try to improve the result, especially for our place in the table. It will not be easy.
“We need to work a lot to try to improve this team. There are many, many aspects. Not just tactical but also physical. We need a little time to do this.”
Everton Midfielder Fabian Delph could make his first start of the season against Tottenham after playing the second half of Monday’s loss to Wolves following his return from injury.
Yerry Mina (thigh) remains out, but fellow defender Lucas Digne, who missed the Wolves game, has trained this week and is expected to be available.
Forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh) and midfielders Andre Gomes (calf) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot) are absent.
New Tottenham Head coach Antonio Conte will evaluate his players after their efforts on Thursday night against Vitesse Arnhem.
Conte chose a full team for his first game in charge of the Europa Conference League and it was a difficult match, which they won 3-2.
Defender Ryan Sessegnon and midfielder Bryan Gil (both hamstrings) are not expected to be fit.
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