Ex-footballer, Tony Cascarino, has now claimed that Spurs and England midfielder, Dele Alli, looks lost and is no longer affecting games that much.
This comes after the midfield man made his return to the Spurs starting XI in the Champions League against Olympiacos this week.
However, Alli was far from his best in Greece as Tottenham gave away a two-goal lead to draw the game 2-2.
This continues a trend of poor performances and inconsistency in the past year for Alli as he endured his worst goal-scoring season last time out.
Following his 10 goals in 2015/16, 22 goals in 2016/17, and 14 goals in 2017/18, Dele managed just seven in 38 games last season, with just five coming in the Premier League (Wikipedia).
This is a poor return for someone who has set his bar as high as Alli in the early stages of his Tottenham career.
Cascarino argues that Alli is at a crossroads in his career and is in danger of being overtaken by some young up-and-coming midfielders on the England scene.
He said (Times): “Dele Alli is 23 and at a crossroads in his career for club and country.
“His performance for Tottenham against Olympiacos was flat last night and generally he looks a bit lost.
“Yes, he has been very unlucky with injuries, which have obviously held him back a bit, but he is a long way from producing the kind of fantastic displays we were seeing two or three years ago.
“He is just not affecting games that much.
“On the international scene, he is at risk of being overtaken by the many young, English attacking midfielders who have arrived on the scene recently.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
I think this may be a make or break season for Alli. Either he puts his injuries behind him and rediscovers the form that saw him break into the Spurs team, or he risks those waiting in the wings taking his regular spot.
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