Journalist Dean Jones believes that emotions could get in the way of Dele Alli’s potential departure from Tottenham this window.
Alli hasn’t been having the best of times when it comes to getting minutes under his belt this season, making just ten appearances in all competitions, with only four of them being starts. As a result of that, speculation has started to mount that he could be on his way out of the club during the January transfer window, with Paris Saint-Germain reportedly one of the clubs circling.
However, in the eyes of Jones, it might not be as straightforward as just selling him to the highest bidder, as he thinks Daniel Levy will be hesitant to see one of his projects as it were, pushed to one side:
“Daniel Levy ideally does not want to lose Dele Alli, he was so pleased with the business that they did get him from MK Dons at such an amazing price and seeing him rise to become one of England’s best players that he doesn’t want to give up on that.”
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To some degree, you can understand where Jones, and subsequently Levy are coming from. It’s easy to forget because he’s been on our radar for so long, but Alli is still only 24, and there’s plenty more football left for him to play and for him to become everything that Levy wanted.
But at the same time, you can make the argument that he’s already paid back that initial £5m fee they paid for him back in 2015 and then some. Whilst it might not have come with a trophy attached, you can’t argue that his return – 64 goals and 56 assists in just over five years – has been worth every penny.
Levy has been known to make some bad decisions when it comes to players arriving at the club, but this would arguably be one of the weirder ones if he lets his heart dictate the deal rather than his head to stop someone leaving.