Pundit insists Mourinho’s reason for dropping Dele Alli is straight-forward


There has been a lot said and written about Dele Alli over the past month but this week feels like a particularly bad one for the midfielder’s prospects at Tottenham.

Jose Mourinho handed the 24-year-old a start against Royal Antwerp on Thursday which represented just his second start of the campaign so far (transfermarkt.com).

However, the former MK Dons man failed to create anything of any note in the first half and looked off the pace.

Alli was withdrawn at half-time and Mourinho insisted after the game that journalists need to stop asking him why some players do not play as they now had the answer (Football.London).

There has been a mixed reaction on social media from some Spurs fans to Alli’s performance, as well as Mourinho’s criticism.

Some have insisted that it was unfair to single out the England international as the whole team was poor in the first 45 minutes in Belgium.

Others have claimed that the midfielder cannot expect to keep getting opportunities if he continues to put in poor displays.

Mark Lawrenson believes that Dele’s fall from grace can be explained simply by the fact that Spurs are a better team without him.

The pundit told BBC Sport: “People have been asking why Dele Alli hasn’t been playing or Spurs. But we kind of know now, because at the moment it works without him.”

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  1. Way too much speculation on Bale’s potential to become a star this autumn. He is injury prone, He arrived injured. He is still off form and clearly unable to make a contribution. No mind pundits tout him as a replacement for Moura and/or Dele. Both are far better than Bale at this point. One hopes the day will come when Bale can deliver some quality to the team., but for now, he is,by far and away, the least valuable acquisition of the summer.

  2. If it works so well then why did we lose to Antwerp, have draws against Newcastle and West Ham which really should have been wins? Dele keeps getting castigated, when he has had virtually no playing time at all this season thus far. It seems that Mourinho has deliberately ostracized Dele for reasons that are unclear, but was is clear is that it has unsurprisingly affected the young players confidence and created doubt in his ability. I have always been a big admirer of Dele’s unique attributes and feel in many ways his position under Mourinho has been compromised severely.I fear sadly Dele may well be forced out of the club as a direct result despite his history with the club itself.


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