Darren Bent claims Spurs star is lacking confidence

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Dom Le Roy

Dele Alli’s lack of contribution to Tottenham Hotspur’s attack during the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool has come as a surprise to Darren Bent.

The former Spurs striker has suggested that Dele is currently struggling with confidence given that he did not make a single pass to Harry Kane (Sky Sports).

Instead, the majority of Dele’s passes were away from the opposition goal to the likes of Harry Winks.

Dele came in for heavy criticism after the match at Anfield with Gary Neville, Graeme Souness and Roy Keane all blasting the 23-year-old for his on-field and off-field activities (Sky Sports).

Bent believes that the midfielder should instead be looking to play off Harry Kane and create interlink play with the star striker rather than looking to go backwards.

Spurs travel to Everton tomorrow afternoon where Spurs will be looking for their first away win in a competitive fixture since January.

Bent told Football Insider: “Another shocking stat was that most of his passes were to Harry Winks or to the defenders. That shows me that he’s not going forward and that shows me straight away the confidence is not there.

“Someone of Dele Alli’s quality would be looking to play off Harry Kane, feed him little one-twos, try the little through balls but for him to be going back and passing to Harry Winks shows you the confidence at the minute.”

Opinion

Spurs fans will be looking for Dele to silence his doubters with an impressive performance at Goodison Park.  Admittedly, he hasn’t been at his best but some of the comments aimed at the England international have been unwarranted.

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