By his high standards, Dele Alli has had a slow start to the new season, while the Tottenham team, in general, have put in some very lacklustre performances in both the Premier League and Champions League so far.
The above comes after Daniel Levy failed to bring in a single player during the summer transfer window and all the turmoil surrounding the club’s new stadium.
Ultimately, Tottenham do not look to be in the position to be challenging for the title, something manager Mauricio Pochettino has himself admitted.
“We need to show more respect to this competition,” the Tottenham boss told reporters (via the Independent) after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road at the beginning of the month. “You need to compete much, much better. You need to show respect, to compete to win. The Premier League is so, so tough.”
Looking at how strong and how stronger Manchester City and Liverpool will only get considering the way they approach the transfer market, quite simply, Tottenham’s chances of winning the Premier League both now and in the future look slim. And that could have huge ramifications on £90m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Alli.
A lot is said about Harry Kane and how he could one day be a Real Madrid galactico signing, which is understandable given what the England captain has done over the last few years.
But as well as Kane, now is the time to start seriously talking about Alli’s career going forward. The 22-year-old has become just as important to Tottenham as his England team-mate; in his absence, Pochettino’s men simply do not carry the same attacking threat.
In the Premier League, Alli has established himself both as a goalscorer and provider. In 111 appearances in English football’s top flight, he has scored 38 goals and assisted a further 26, while in the Champions League — the biggest stage in club football — he is also starting to flourish.
Albeit a performance that was not as dominant, Alli’s two-goal display that inspired Tottenham to a 3-1 win over Real Madrid at Wembley last season, had similarities with that of Gareth Bale’s masterclass against Inter Milan at the San Siro eight years ago.
The hat-trick the Welshman scored that night was arguably the making of him, and he now finds himself at Real Madrid as a four-time Champions League winner.
With the ability he possesses and Tottenham quite possibly having reached their maximum potential, Bale’s path out of White Hart Lane to a superior club is one Alli must strongly consider going down himself.
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