There’s not much positivity coming from the Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern at present. They’re coming off the back of a disappointing and humbling defeat to Man City, with many in the pub now deeming their hopes of winning the title a distant dream.
Indeed, it’s tough to disagree. They were poor against the Citizens, with nobody in a white shirt really covering themselves in glory. Indeed, it’s been all about criticising players since the final whistle, and no player has been able to avoid it. With the fallout from the game still ongoing, pundits and players alike have had their say on the matter, and former Newcastle United forward Alan Shearer has delivered a slamming verdict on one player in particular in his column with the Sun.
Discussing Dele Alli, Shearer described the midfielder as “another young English player falling short of the hype”, with the Englishman looking particularly poor in the midfield for his club.
Shearer continued: “On Saturday at the Etihad, when he really needed to step up, he let his team down and should have been sent off”.
He is, of course, referring to a nasty stamp on Kevin De Bruyne in which the Englishman could very well have seen red. He was lucky on that occasion, but that doesn’t take away from the shocking nature of the challenge or, indeed, his poor performance.
Alli has struggled all season long, and at this point, he only appears to be getting worse. The fans in the Transfer Tavern are beginning to grow increasingly frustrated at this point.
Shearer is bang on the money with regards to Dele Alli.
He deserved all the praise and hype that he got last year, but this season he has failed to follow through.
Indeed, the only thing that he’s following through on is with his challenges, with the Englishman getting none of the ball when he challenged De Bruyne. It was a shocker, and could certainly have seen red.
He needs to pick up his game.
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