Pundit claims Spurs star so bad he might as well not have played against Norwich


Former Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters has blasted Dele Alli for his poor display in Tottenham’s loss against Norwich City on Wednesday.

There were several disappointing displays on the night from Spurs stars, with Alli’s performance, in particular, leaving a lot to be desired.

The midfielder failed to get into the game for large parts of the encounter and gave the ball away on multiple occasions as he looked an isolated figure up top.

Alli was one of the team’s standout performers after Jose Mourinho first took over from Mauricio Pochettino back in November, but he has struggled to maintain the same form in the long-term.

Mourinho insisted after the defeat on Wednesday that he was pleased with Alli, as well as his other attacking players, as they had worked their socks off despite running on empty (Football.London). However, Walters wasn’t convinced by the Spurs midfielder’s showing.

He claimed that the 23-year-old was so anonymous against the Canaries that he might as well have not featured in the match.

During BBC Sport‘s live coverage of the game on Tuesday (iPlayer on 04/03/20 at 19:45 onwards), the former Republic of Ireland forward said: “It’s just terrible from Tottenham. Dele Alli may as well not have been playing.”

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It is clear that Dele’s resurgence had a lot to do with the fact that he was playing close to Harry Kane up top once again as opposed to the deeper position he played under Pochettino. It is no coincidence that his form has suffered terribly once Kane got injured as he had no physical presence up front to play off of.

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  1. It’s true to say that Dele is cutting a frustrating figure on the pitch presently (and hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory off of it with recent events) but given he is largly being isolated in a position which isn’t exactly playing to his natural strengths and in a team that is struggling to find any degree of consistency or form, then I have to say it really is little wonder! Indeed Alli’s poor performances are more significantly mirrored by a club mired in confusion and lacking in any sense of clear direction. I don’t think this is necessarily a problem of Mourhino’s creation, but rather more indicative of deeper overall management issues at the highest level, yet I don’t get a sense that Jose is any further in understanding how to reverse this worrying trend. For me Tottenham are in a chasm created by by crass boardroom politics and poor decision making that is not in the best interests of the actual football team/squad/club. I have said this for the longest time now but the wrong people are paying the cost of these appalling mistakes and the Spurs are haemorrhaging badly like a wounded animal as a result. It’s serious time now for a reassessment of how the club is being run because it’s just not working on the pitch wwhere it counts!


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