The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are deeply concerned by the latest rumours linking their hero Dele Alli with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.
Rumours linking Alli with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid have persisted for quite some time since his emergence as one of the Premier League’s hottest young talents. His match-winning performance in Tottenham’s Champions League victory over Madrid almost two weeks ago, will only encourage Zinedine Zidane to step up his pursuit of Alli. However, reports coming from Spanish outlet Don Balon, suggest that Messi has identified Alli as the perfect candidate to succeed Ivan Rakitic in Catalonia.
Although it would be a real blow for the Premier League to lose a player of Alli’s quality to La Liga, the English national side would benefit from the transfer. England have consistently failed to progress into the later rounds of major tournaments in recent times, and there are an abundance of credible arguments and theories to explain why the national side always seem to underachieve on the biggest stage.
The lack of English talent playing their trade abroad in other elite European leagues is a factor that has contributed to a clear lack of success in major tournaments.
Last season, Joe Hart completed a loan move with the Italian side Torino, but aside from Hart, no other first-team regular within the national side were playing their trade abroad, and the lack of representation across Europe remains a fundamental problem that is restricting the progress of English football.
Our English players possess limited inside knowledge to bring to the table with regard to the tactics, attitudes and weaknesses of many of their international opponents because of the concentration of English talent in the Premier League.
To further compound the problem, players across Europe enjoy a winter break over Christmas – a luxury which Premier League stars do not receive. Instead, the Christmas schedule is packed with matches with only 2-3 days to recover between certain fixtures.
But yet, the nation still rack their brains and debate for hours on end, seeking to explain why our players look sluggish and uninspiring when it matters most.
If Alli wants to improve as a player, build a greater understanding of the game and acquire first-hand experience of different styles of play, then he should consider a move to La Liga and encourage other English players to follow his lead.
Tottenham and England fans – what are your thoughts? Let us know!