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Exclusive: Roberts feels Alli isn’t getting in the box enough for Tottenham

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Former Tottenham Hotspur player Graham Roberts believes that Alli isn’t making enough runs into the box and that players are playing out of position.

Alli has featured in ten games for Spurs so far this season in all competitions, scoring two goals and providing one assist, with both of his goals coming when he played as a central midfielder.

Alongside playing in central midfield, the £27m-rated 25-year-old has also featured as both an attacking and defensive midfielder, as well as a right-winger in the match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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“I’m not getting it,” Roberts said to TIF. “Early in the season when Harry Kane wasn’t in the team, Alli was making runs into the box late.

“All I saw him do against Chelsea was track Azpilicueta, the right-back. I’m thinking, what’s going on here? There’s no shape, there’s no pattern, we’ve got players playing out of position and I’ve got to say it was the worst performance I’ve seen this season.”

Tottenham returned to winning ways last weekend in the Premier League, with a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa, but Alli found himself an unused substitute in the match, with Espirito Santo selecting ahead of him.

Alli will be hoping to take his opportunity when selected again by and will be looking to try replicate his form of the 2016/2017 season where he scored 22 goals in all competitions and provided 13 assists.

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