David Bentley believes that Dele Alli will become a top player
David Bentley believes that Dele Alli will become a top player if he is managed properly
Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs player David Bentley has stated that Dele Alli will be a top player if he is managed properly. He has drawn comparisons with his own career, and he believes that he would have had a different career if ever he was allowed to play his own game.
He said that he was quite similar to Dele Alli and that he wanted to let his personality come out through his game, but unfortunately, his managers did not allow that. He believes that Dele Alli is quite mature at his age and that at the moment he is not committing the same mistakes as he did. For him, Alli can have a successful career if he continues on the same path.
He said that his first manager Arsene Wenger did not understand British talent well. He admitted that he was a good manager, but unfortunately he did not allow him to play his own game. However, he believes that Mauricio Pochettino is not committing the same mistake with Alli and that he is allowing him more freedom on the pitch.
For Bentley, it is important as a young player to feel love and to be backed by the manager. He said that there was a tendency in England to ask a young player to be humble and not to overdo it on the pitch.
He believes that it is different with Dele Alli and that Pochettino is managing his career well. For him, Alli should stay with Tottenham Hotspurs for the moment in order to continue his development. He has all the necessary qualities to become a world-class player if only he keeps on working as he is at the moment.
Bentley has backed Dele Alli to be a success at the Euros in France.