Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Clive Allen thinks that Dele Alli needs to make a move away from the club following his recent performances.
Tottenham are coming off the back of one of the most embarrassing nights in their history after their loss to NS Mura in the Europa Conference League, in a game that Alli didn’t exactly cover himself in glory, as he only made one tackle, lost possession six times and was dribbled past more times (three) than he dribbled past someone (one, via SofaScore).
Alli hasn’t had the most productive season so far, only bagging twice in his 14 appearances in all competitions, and speaking about him on TalkSport, Allen pointed out that he is not performing the way that he was during his previous days at Spurs and that it might be necessary for him to make a move away from the club in order to get back to that level:
“What we’re seeing is a shadow of the Dele Alli that we know, a shadow of the player that can make runs from midfield, that can score goals, can link with Harry Kane, can be devastating. I feel for him, it’s the most difficult time in his career. But what you see in Dele Alli is just a shadow of his former self. There doesn’t seem to be a real desire.
“Dele Alli needs to go right back to basics and he needs to start to rebuild his career, because he’s talented, he has so much talent. It might well be that he needs to move away from Spurs now.”
TIF Thoughts on Clive Allen’s comments about Dele Alli and Tottenham Hotspur…
Will Dele Alli still be at Spurs after the January transfer market?
Given his regression in the past few years, with only four goals to his name since the start of the 2020/21 season, you can certainly see the argument that Alli might have come to the end of his tenure in north London and that it might be worth exploring another club.
However, it is still early in Antonio Conte’s reign as Tottenham Hotspur boss, and he should be given the opportunity to try and turn Alli around over the coming weeks. There is still a month to go until the January transfer window opens, and Spurs have 10 games between now and 1st January.
So there is still time for Conte to get to work with Alli and try to turn him back into the player that he once was. And if not, then it might be worth the club looking to cash in on him and bring in someone that might be of more use to them going forward.