Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King believes Nuno Espirito Santo is not playing Dele Alli to his strengths.
The Lowdown: Alli regularly featuring
Alli has featuring heavily this season under Nuno, already clocking up nine appearances in all competitions out of a possible ten (Transfermarkt).
However, he was hauled off at half-time during Spurs’ 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday after a disappointing display in the middle of the park.
The Latest: King discusses Alli
Speaking on Sky Sports after the match, King suggested Alli was being played out of position. He said (via HITC):
“I personally think his best role is in the number 10 where he can attack the box. We know he has great energy, an eye for goal. That’s his strength.”
The Verdict: Difficult situation
It is certainly in attacking midfield where £27m-valued Alli has made the biggest impression throughout his career. As per Transfermarkt, he has 44 goals and as many assists in 162 games in that role, and generally played in that position during the 2016/17 term, where he found the back of the net 18 times in the Premier League.
Should Alli play in the number 10 role?
Unfortunately, regardless of the position, Alli’s best days seem to be behind him at the moment. In his last 38 games, he has found the back of the net on just four occasions, and has even admitted he is not able to do the same things now as he could previously (The Times).
While playing in the number 10 role may see him improve, he has not done enough to indicate he would shine in that position or anywhere else.
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