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Tottenham star will never reach full potential if fans don’t change their ways

The resident Lilywhites in the Transfer Tavern were furious with their side’s lacklustre performance against Southampton on Sunday evening.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost further ground in the race to secure Champions League qualification this season as they drew 1-1 with Southampton at Saint Mary’s on match-day 24. Tottenham found themselves behind after just 15 minutes as Davinson Sanchez inadvertently poked Ryan Bertrand’s cross into the back of his own net, but The Saints’ lead was short lived as Harry Kane nodded home an equaliser just 3 minutes later.

Understandably, the Spurs faithful were bitterly disappointed by the result, especially considering Southampton currently find themselves in the middle of a relegation scrap.

The frustration felt by the supporters has naturally resulted in plenty of criticism being directed towards a number of their players, and aside from Moussa Sissoko, Dele Alli was once again subjected to the strongest words of criticism. It is perfectly understandable that fans are frustrated and often look to scapegoat individuals when the team has failed to meet their expectations, but the scathing attacks that are regularly launched upon Dele Alli are both unwarranted counter-productive.

Although Alli is yet to reach the dizzy heights he experienced in the 2016/17 season, his record is still phenomenal for a 21-year-old.

At his age, it is par for the course for footballers to go through rough patches in their development, as without it they will fail to learn and improve accordingly.

But the majority of fans fail to appreciate that he is a young man trying to find his feet in the Premier League, despite the fact the Spurs supporters cannot expect him to perform like a world beater week in week out.

If Alli is going to become the player that many have touted him to become, then the supporters will need to be more constructive with their criticism and stand by him through thick and thin.

Thoughts? 

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