Dele Alli’s former manager suggests Daniel Levy made a transfer blunder

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Dom Le Roy

Dele Alli’s former MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has said that Daniel Levy should have let the midfielder join Paris Saint-Germain on loan if Jose Mourinho had made it clear that he was not part of his plans.

Dele has barely featured in the Premier League this season, having started just one league game so far.

The 24-year-old was heavily linked with a loan move to PSG throughout January but the England international ended up staying in North London.

Reports indicate that Levy pulled the plug on the transfer when he realised that a deal to bring Christian Eriksen back to Spurs would prove to be too expensive.

Robinson has questioned the logic behind Tottenham not allowing the 24-year-old leave since his value is only going to drop if he spends the remainder of the season on the sidelines.

The former MK Dons boss told talkSPORT: “Sometimes you do have personalities that just clash, that’s just part of football dressing rooms and it just happens.

“Sometimes managers just prefer a certain player because that’s their prerogative as a manager.

“Once a manager decides you’re so far away from starting, I think then you’ve got to be honest with the player and allow him to go and play.

“As a manager, when you know you don’t want someone and you’ve made a decision that he can go, and he doesn’t go, you also know that could then cause a problem in your dressing room for the rest of the season

“Tottenham’s owners have now got to be careful because if they’ve got a player who was so desperate to go, the manager wanted him to go but you don’t allow him to go, where‘s he going to play his football?

“Surely his value is going to decrease, it’s already shot down from when he was playing regularly for England and playing in the Champions League final etc. Now he’s playing so few minutes, they’re effectively devaluing their own player.”

However, Robinson hoped that Dele could now force his back into Mourinho’s plans and suggested that the midfielder could add a lot to the current Tottenham team.

The current Oxford City boss added: “The fact is Dele is staying at Spurs now, he can’t go anywhere, and he’s got no choice but to just put his head down and work hard.

“And I watched the Brighton game, and I just know that Dele can produce moments of magic that can win you the game.

“There are players in every football team who you let off for some of the mistakes they make and for not always tracking back, because you know they can do something different no one else on that pitch can produce.

“It’ll be difficult for him, but once he starts trying to force his way into the team, I’m sure this will all be forgotten about.”

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Daniel Levy might well have let Dele join PSG on loan if our form had not dropped off substantially over the last month and a half. Looking at recent struggles in front of goal and our lack of creativity, the Spurs chairman probably realised that it would not be a good look for the club if Alli went to PSG and started banging goals in.

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