Tottenham Hotspur could be making a big decision on the future of Jose Mourinho this summer…
That’s the latest information from 90min, who claimed that the Spurs hierarchy have already sounded out potential successors as it’s likely that they will axe the 58-year-old at the end of the season, barring a sudden turnaround in form.
Under his stewardship this term, the north Londoners have endured quite the campaign. In early December, they were sat top of the Premier League, but now they’re fighting for a place in the top six, whilst they embarrassingly crashed out of the Europa League to Dinamo Zagreb earlier this month.
It’s claimed that Spurs have put Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers at the top of their shortlist as a result. Other names include Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, out-of-work Massimiliano Allegri and Scottish Premiership winner Steven Gerrard.
Rodgers’ merit is undeniable. After all, he’s inspired the Foxes to be regularly contending for the top four and, at this stage, they are probably some way ahead of Spurs in terms of recruitment and subsequent results. Indeed, eight points split the two teams currently, compared to the three-point difference last season.
The 48-year-old is renowned for developing players, having progressed from Chelsea coach to managing the likes of Liverpool and Celtic, where he has enjoyed most success.
As Dean Windass told Football FanCast, his impact on Kelechi Iheanacho this season has been “unbelievable”, and the man he’s likely to replace has waxed lyrical over him before, too.
“So anything he’s doing in his career is not a surprise for me, not at all. He’s very talented, he was and probably still is a guy who likes to study, learn and improve. He’s creative, he knows what he wants. He’s a very good coach. Period. He’s a very good coach so it’s not a surprise for me,” claimed Mourinho to the Daily Mail.
Another case in point could be James Maddison. He was already quite the player for Leicester, but he has seemingly gotten even better under Rodgers’ coaching.
The young England playmaker has delivered 37 goal contributions in 80 appearances under the Northern Irishman – just under one every other game, which is considerably better to his record under Claude Puel, when he managed to contribute once every three outings.
This could be perfect for Dele Alli, who has faltered greatly under Mourinho. The 24-year-old has only played 964 minutes in all competitions this season, whilst his value has plummted 71% since the turn of 2019, as explained by Football FanCast earlier this week.
Despite barely featuring or having much of an impact, Daniel Levy still blocked a potential departure to Paris Saint-Germain in the last transfer window, so clearly the Spurs chairman thinks there’s still life in the out-of-favour attacking midfielder.
Rodgers has been able to fit the likes of Maddison, Youri Tielemens, Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy all into one team, so he should be able to do the same with Alli, Tanguy Ndombele, and Giovani Lo Celso.
It seems clear that Alli will not make any sort of comeback under Mourinho, so a fresh lease of life under Rodgers could be exactly what he needs to not only get back into Spurs contention, but also throw his name towards the England reckoning.
Jesse Lingard has done it, so Alli can too – and his best chance of that happening is if Rodgers swaps the King Power Stadium for north London this summer.