The Lowdown: Alli’s decline
After losing his place in the starting XI under former manager José Mourinho, Alli is yet to rediscover his previous form and continues to look a shadow of his former self.
The 25-year-old has featured in eight Premier League games this season, contributing just one goal. However, he has been on the periphery under current boss Antonio Conte, who has given him just two minutes of league action since arriving.
The England international was in fantastic form in 2018, with his market value reflecting this peak with an enormous £90m valuation. This figure has since seen a rapid decline, having been slashed to a current value of £27m.
The Latest: Alli lined up for January exit
According to reports by John Wenham from Lilywhite Rose (via Football Insider), Alli could leave Tottenham within days of the January transfer window opening.
The Athletic’s Ornstein has previously reported that the midfielder will be allowed to leave in January, and Wenham has predicted that a loan deal could be agreed in the next few weeks.
Speaking to Football Insider, Wenham said: “The Telegraph have clearly been briefed by the club that Alli is available in January.
“That is really good timing. We have three weeks to go so hopefully he can go within days of the window opening.
“A deal could be lined up over the next few weeks and he could be gone, which is best for everyone right now.
“There is the potential to have a Lingard-like resurgence, whether that will happen or not is a different matter.
“But if you get the best of Alli, you get a player who can score 10 goals from midfield. That could be enough to save you from relegation. I think a loan move to a Premier League side is more realistic.
“I said this weeks ago. No one will pay what we want for Alli. So a loan with the option to buy makes a lot of sense.”
The Verdict: Alli’s exit seems inevitable
It will be disappointing for Spurs fans to see Alli leave, after earlier glimpses of brilliance indicated that he could become a world-class player. In a statement which now seems like a lifetime ago, Mourinho once claimed that “(Alli’s) too good to not be one of the best players in the world”.
However, the current AS Roma manager also stated that the 25-year-old can be ‘lazy’. With the disciplinarian Conte now in charge, this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated at Hotspur Way, so an imminent exit is likely for Alli.
Judging by his scant game-time under the Italian and his drastic loss of form in recent years, the writing appears to be on the wall.
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