Speaking recently on a video for Football.london, Tottenham Hotspur correspondent Alasdair Gold provided an update on the current situation of Spurs midfielder, Dele Alli.
Despite playing 234 games for Tottenham, over which he has scored 64 goals and provided 57 assists, since his £5.97 million move from Milton Keynes Dons in February of 2015, so far this season, Alli has started just one Premier League fixture for Jose Mourinho’s side, playing 74 minutes of top-flight football across his total of four appearances.
As a result of this lack of game time, much has been discussed about the £34.2 million-rated man’s future in north London, with The Telegraph reporting that Spurs would be willing to let the attacking midfielder leave the club this month, with Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain mentioned as a club keen on a move, while The Guardian claimed that Tottenham are against the idea of parting with the 24-year-old.
Alli was one topic of conversation on a recent video posted by Football.london, in which Gold shed some light on the feelings of people within the club regarding the current situation of the England international.
He said: “I know people don’t like hearing it, but if there was some way of working it where Dele went out – there’s a feeling within the club that they don’t want it to be a permanent move. There’s a feeling that he just needs to kind of recapture his confidence and mojo and then come back the player he was.
“We know Daniel Levy is a businessman and if you look at this in a businessman’s sense, you don’t sell low when the market is through the floor, you don’t do that. They could sell Dele Alli for £25-30 million, in a year’s time, everything comes back to normal [and] suddenly he’s a £60-70 million – maybe more – player. It doesn’t really make any financial sense to sell him right now.
“It’s also a little bit awkward if you loan him out and he’s incredible at PSG or whoever might want him. At the end of the day, it’s going to be whatever is best for Tottenham Hotspur. As selfish as that may be towards Dele Alli or to any other clubs, ultimately, that’s got to be Daniel Levy’s priority. Probably even more so than what Jose Mourinho wants. I think Levy will look out for the club.”
Should Spurs let Dele Alli leave?
TIF Thoughts on Alasdair Gold’s comments regarding Dele Alli…
While the idea of keeping Alli at the club in order for him to one day regain form and to reintegrate himself into the first-team squad is a good idea in principle, if Mourinho simply does not use Alli, which has been the case all season, the midfielder is presented very little opportunity to find any sort of form and, thus, will find it incredibly difficult to reclaim his place in the side.
As such, in our opinion, Spurs should loan Alli out for six months to see if his form picks up over the second half of the season away from the club, and if it does, look to bring him back into the team for next season, and if it doesn’t, look to move him on in the summer.