‘You need to get more out of him’ – Jamie O’Hara thinks this Spurs player needs to up his game
Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara believes Dele Alli should improve his recent performances, suggesting that the 23-year-old has failed to deliver upon his early promise at Tottenham.
Alli made a barnstorming start to his Spurs career when he scored 10 goals in his first season at the club, and followed that up with 22 a year later.
But his input has decreased over more recent campaigns, notching just five league goals last season – presumably what has prompted O’Hara to highlight concerns over the England midfielder’s performances.
He told TalkSPORT: “The issue he’s got is he burst on the scene. He had a fantastic season, got in the England squad, scoring and playing well. And everyone was looking at him to really keep going and keep kicking on, and it hasn’t quite happened.
“So you need to get more out of him; how do I get more out of Dele Alli?
“For me, he has to start setting new targets and goals. He probably never expected to go and play for Tottenham, to reach the highs that’s he’s had so quick.
“So now he’s got to set new goals, because there’s one thing you can’t do in the Premier League – or any level – you can’t sit in your comfort zone.
“Spurs have to find a way of getting more out him.”
It may be a bit rich having someone like Jamie O’Hara (a man with more yellow cards than goals for Tottenham) lecture you about your career. Although, the stats do suggest that Alli’s goalscoring touch may be on the wane.
Strangely, O’Hara seemed to imply that it was on the club to get the best out of Alli rather than the man himself.
Having not made an appearance this season due to injury, perhaps his return to fitness will be a sign as to where Mauricio Pochettino ranks him within the side – with attacking-midfield counterpart Christian Eriksen linked with a move away in recent weeks.
There have been previous concerns about his best position – but there’s little denying that Alli is nevertheless capable of so much more.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!