Michael Brown has claimed that Dele Alli has lost the edge he had to his game when he made a dazzling start to his Tottenham Hotspur career.
This was always going to be a defining season in Dele’s career, with his stock dropping off over the previous two years partly due to a combination of injuries and inconsistency.
The season has turned out to be one to forget for the midfielder, who struggled to get a run in the side under former boss Jose Mourinho.
Reports indicated that the Portuguese coach wanted Dele to depart North London during the winter transfer window and it seemed inevitable that the former MK Dons man would leave in the summer.
However, Mourinho’s departure has handed the England international a chance to potentially save his Spurs career.
The midfielder was handed a start by Ryan Mason against Sheffield United on Sunday and even though he looked a little rusty in the first half, he started having more influence on the game after the interval and showed glimpses of his old self.
Brown believes that Dele is now at an age where he needs to be playing regularly.
The former Spurs midfielder said on Sky Sports Premier League (7:05pm, May 2, 2021) about the 25-year-old: “I have played against him when I was finishing my career.
“He had that little bit of spice, a little bit of edge to his game, and it went away. He is quite nice, he has changed, but at 25 now he has got to demand and play regularly.”
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