Speaking recently on the talkSPORT Daily podcast, Darren Lewis discussed the future of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dele Alli.
Since arriving at Spurs from Milton Keynes Dons in what was a £5.97 million deal back in 2015, Alli has gone on to feature 233 times for the club, scoring 64 goals and providing 56 assists along the way.
However, so far this season, the £34.2 million-rated 24-year-old has played a total of just 74 minutes of Premier League football under Jose Mourinho, leading to rumours suggesting that the England international could be on his way out of north London in the January transfer window.
And, speaking on a recent episode of the talkSPORT Daily podcast, Lewis revealed that former Spurs striker, Darren Bent, has claimed that Alli does not want to be a player who sits on the bench at any club.
He said (43:57): “I remember Darren Bent saying this to me a couple of weeks ago, he doesn’t want to be a bench tourist. He doesn’t want to go from one club where he’s on the bench to another club where he’s on the bench. And that’s why [a move to Paris Saint-Germain] would worry me because they’ve got fine players in a position where Alli would play.
“You know, if he’s unhappy, leave – go somewhere else. It shouldn’t be the case that he has to leave a top club, but, quite clearly, he’s not playing and if he’s not playing, he’s not improving, and the only way he’s going to be able to do both is by going to another club.”
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TIF Thoughts on Darren Lewis’ comments regarding Dele Alli…
While Lewis clearly has worries for Alli if a move to PSG, as has been rumoured, does materialise, as the French giants have the likes of Leandro Paredes, Julian Draxler, Rafinha and Angel Di Maria who can operate in attacking midfield, should former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino get the job as PSG’s new manager, as has also been reported, it is not hard to imagine that Alli would be one of the 48-year-old’s favoured players at the club.
However, there are a lot of variables in this hypothetical scenario, so we will simply have to wait and see as to whether Alli’s, or indeed Pochettino’s, potential move to PSG comes off to determine whether Lewis is correct in his prediction.