Michael Brown has drawn a parallel between Dele Alli’s predicament at Tottenham to Gareth Bale’s situation as both players continue to struggle to force themselves into Jose Mourinho’s plans.
There has been plenty of speculation about Alli’s future over the last few weeks, with reports suggesting that the midfielder is keen to quit Tottenham and reunite with Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain before the end of the month.
The 24-year-old was left out of the matchday squad by Jose Mourinho for the clash against Sheffield United on Sunday, with the Tottenham boss hinting that he was not pleased with the midfielder’s application in training.
Meanwhile, Bale has also endured a difficult few months since returning to Tottenham, having started just one Premier League game so far this season.
Brown insisted that both players have to get used to a bit-part role due to the strength of the Spurs squad.
When asked about Alli’s situation at Tottenham, the pundit told Football Insider: “Well, you’ve got to see each game’s different.
“One game’s set-up is completely different from the next. That happens, and it can cost your personnel at times.
“[Alli’s] not that first immediate starter. He’s got to adapt to that. He showed a great attitude at Marine, got the job done even though it was very difficult for all those players to go there.
“We talk about Alli, and the same thing, it’s happening to Bale as well. The squad’s improving at Spurs, and Dele Alli has to find a way of playing in it every week.”
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After being one of the first names on the teamsheet for the past few years and arguably one of our best players for a three-year spell, Alli is obviously not going to be content with a bit-part role. It would be one thing if he was playing every other week and coming on as a substitute more often than not but to consistently not even make the club’s matchday squads must be demoralising for the midfielder.
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