Tim Sherwood gives his view on whether Dele has a future at Spurs

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Former Tottenham Hotspurhead coach Tim Sherwood has claimed that Dele Alli can still play himself back into Jose Mourinho’s plans.

Dele’s only Premier League start of the season to date came in Tottenham’s opening day defeat to Everton (tranfermarkt.com).

While the midfielder has had a few cameo appearances off the bench since then, he has also found himself missing out on the matchday squad on several occasions.

Sherwood believes that the England international must look to Tanguy Ndombele as an example and show the Tottenham boss what he expects to see in training.

The Frenchman looked as though he had no way back into the first-team picture towards the end of last season but has now become a key part of the side, displaying some impressive form at the start of this campaign.

When asked about Alli, Sherwood told Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (24/10/20 at 2:40 pm): “The door’s not shut [on Alli].

“For someone like Dele Alli, if he’s willing to roll his sleeves up and say to the manager look ‘I’ll give you what you want. I just need the opportunity to play if I am training well enough and I am sticking to the plan’.

“At the moment, it looks like the door is shut for Dele. But he has shown, Ndombele, that he was out of it. He was out of the picture.

“Jose has brought him in because all of a sudden, he has knuckled down and started to give the manager what he wants in training.”

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What is ironic is that it is Ndombele’s improved run of form that has pushed Dele further down the pecking order this season. Unfortunately, I cannot see him getting back into the side as both Ndombele and Lo Celso are much better fits for the advanced role in the three-man midfield than Dele is.

In fact, even Lamela seems to be getting the nod to play there ahead of the 24-year-old. With Kane now thriving almost as a number ten, I do not see a way back for Alli unless we lose some key players to injuries. Given that there are only two months until the transfer window opens again, I suspect his Spurs career is about to come to an end.

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