In an interview with Football FanCast, former England midfielder Carlton Palmer discussed the current situation of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.
Since arriving at Spurs from Milton Keynes Dons in what was a £5.97 million deal back in 2015, Alli has gone on to feature 230 times for the club, scoring 64 goals and providing 56 assists along the way.
However, so far this season, the £46.8 million-rated 24-year-old has made just two league appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side, totalling just 66 minutes of game time, and has found himself left out of nine Premier League matchday squads entirely.
And, when the question was raised to Palmer as to why he believed that the 6 foot 2 ‘beast’ has so often found himself left out by his manager, the former Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion player suggested to Football FanCast that it could be down to the 24-year-old’s application in training.
“Now, you’ve got to train the way you play. If you don’t train well, you’re not going to play well. So, from what I’m hearing, that’s part of the problem, right?”
He continued: “And then he’s got to do the other side of the job in the team, the way Mourinho’s teams work. They’re functional teams, they’ve got jobs to do.”
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The fact that Alli is still at the club is somewhat surprising, as the England international was offered on loan to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer transfer window, only for Spurs to turn down the French side’s offer for the midfielder.
And, despite the fact that Thomas Tuchel’s side are still being linked with a move for Alli in January, Mourinho recently stated that whether or not the 24-year-old leaves the club is not a decision that lies with him, suggesting that the future of Alli is in the hands of Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy.
As such, regardless of the fact that the player, who former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino once referred to as a ‘beast’, does not appear to be a major part of Mourinho’s Premier League plans this season, if Levy does not budge on his stance from the summer regarding the midfielder, Alli could well be set to stay in north London for a little while longer just yet.
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