‘Really annoys me’ – Pundit critical of Tottenham’s rumoured stance over midfielder

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton has claimed that it would be extremely unfair on Dele Alli if the North London club decides not to let him leave the club during the January transfer window.

Alli has struggled for regular game time this season, often being left out of the matchday squad by Jose Mourinho for Premier League encounters.

However, the midfielder has been involved in both of Tottenham’s last two top flight fixtures against Crystal Palace and Liverpool when he appeared as a late substitute in both matches.

Reports (Daily Mail and Football.London) have indicated that Spurs are ready to let the England international leave on loan next month.

However, Sky Sports reported earlier in the week that Tottenham want the midfielder to stay and fight for his place in the side and that they were hesitant to let him leave on loan halfway into the season.

Hutton insisted that it would be very harsh on the midfielder if Spurs were to deny him a move away.

Reacting to Sky Sports’ claim, he told Football Insider: “I think he still has to play football and if he’s not going to get the time at Tottenham, I think a loan would be perfect for him to go out, play games, get back to playing to the level that we all know that he can, and then take it from there.

“At the moment it’s like Tottenham want to have their their cake and eat it. They want to keep him but they’re not using him, but they don’t want to let him go because they’ve got a lot of games coming up and they may need him – it’s not fair.

“I’m just thinking from a pure player’s point of view – I do understand from Tottenham – but from a young player’s point of view, he wants to play games and you’re not getting it at your club.

“You’re not really anywhere near it, there’s so many boys in front of you so let me go and play football, but then they’re saying: ‘Oh we can’t let you go on loan.’ It’s just unfair, it’s the part of football that really annoys me.

“We want to see these young talents playing as much as possible and he’s just neither here nor there really at the moment so, as a footballer and him, you want to see him go away somewhere and playing but whether they’re going to allow it, I’m not so sure.”

Spurs Web Opinion

The journalists close to Spurs, like Alasdair Gold, seem to be indicating that the club are likely to allow Alli to leave on loan. However, the fact that he has been brought on in Tottenham’s last two league matches, albeit in the dying moments of the game, might be a sign that Mourinho is prepared to offer him a route back into the first-team.

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