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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