JOSE MOURINHO is making an example of Dele Alli at Tottenham.
That’s according to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who claims the Special One treated him the same way at Chelsea 17 years ago.
The Dutchman, now back managing League One Burton Albion, believes Mourinho is purely doing it to show he can take down a big player in the changing room.
Hasselbaink told the Mail: “Mourinho wanted to use me as an example, that’s how he managed.
“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.”
Alli, 24, has been little more than a bit-part player at Spurs this season, featuring just four times in the Premier League.
Reports claim he could be reuniting with Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain this month.
And Mourinho does not look to be budging on his stance as Tottenham mount a surprise title challenge.
It is not known what triggered his decision to axe Alli from his set-up, despite having made the playmaker a key man during his first six months at the helm.
So he could go the same way as Hasselbaink.
Back in 2004, the striker had once again finished as top scorer for Chelsea, even though he had to compete against Hernan Crespo and Adrian Mutu during Roman Abramovich’s first spending spree.
However, Mourinho – in for the axed Claudio Ranieri – booted Hasselbaink immediately while splashing the cash on two more centre-forwards in Didier Drogba and Mateja Kezman.
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