Frank McAvennie has called for Newcastle to sign Dele Alli on loan from Tottenham in January and believes the midfielder could help the Magpies retain their Premier League status.
The 25-year-old has been tipped to be heading towards the exit at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium despite initially being a regular feature in the line-up under Nuno Espirito Santo to start the season.
However, with Alli yet to break into Antonio Conte’s considerations, Sky Sports have since revealed Tottenham are now willing to listen to loan offers for Alli which has intensified speculation of a move away.
Newcastle, following their Saudi-led takeover, are said to be potential suitors for the two-time Young Player of the Year award winner and will be looking to strengthen their chances of survival in January.
McAvennie feels Eddie Howe’s side should look to pursue a move for Alli in the winter and believes he can help the Tyneside club stay in the Premier League on his day.
However, he also threw caution to the wind by questioning whether the midfielder would be willing to do the ‘dirty work’ and graft at a level where there is desperation for points.
McAvennie told Football Insider: “He’s a good player, there’s no doubting that. Going to Newcastle? What an asset he would be to them if he got his form back.
“If he plays as well as we know he can, he is the man to save them.
“What concerns me is whether you want him in the trenches with you. Is he going to put his foot in and do the dirty work in a relegation fight? I’m not saying he won’t or can’t. We have just never seen it before.
“If the option is there for Newcastle and they have already secured the new defenders they need. I think they could do a lot worse than getting Alli in, even on loan. He can be phenomenal on his day.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Alli could be a useful asset for Newcastle on his day and he could definitely help them stay in the Premier League if he finds some scoring form. However, it has been a while since that version of Alli has been around, but both he and Spurs need a refresh away from each other, so this move seems a good one.
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