Paul Robinson has claimed that Dele Alli’s time at Tottenham is ‘going stale’ and believes now is the right time for him to leave the club.
The 25-year-old was a key piece in Nuno Espirito Santo’s system and started each of Tottenham’s first six matches in the Premier League.
However, he has since fallen out of favour with the Portuguese coach and has been left as an unused substitute in Spurs’ following games against Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
The turning point appeared to have come during Spurs’ torrid run in the league following the first international break, when he was hauled off at half-time in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal in the North London Derby.
Alli had been bidding to resurrect his career after a difficult couple of seasons where he has struggled to muster up meaningful form, but former Spurs goalkeeper Robinson believes he needs a change of scenery and a move away from North London for that to happen.
Robinson told Football Insider: “I think Nuno had big plans for him when he came in. He worked with him on the training ground and gave him an opportunity at the beginning of the season. But, the fact of the matter is he is not where he needs to be.
“He hasn’t been for a long time. I don’t know whether he needs a move, some fresh surroundings but he needs re-ignite his career in some way. It looks like he’s lost his love for football. He is going stale at Spurs.
“He has not played well consistently in a long time. I think the time has come for him to move on.”
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Alli has been deployed in a handful of positions in order for him to regain his prior form, but it hasn’t really worked out. From the outside looking in, it does appear that it has gone stale for him at Spurs, and like many players, he could resurrect some form elsewhere.
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