Dele promised to be the face of a new generation of young England players but is now just another overhyped starlet.That is the opinion of Alan Shearer, who has launched a scathing attack on the young midfielder in his column with The Sun.
The 21-year-old has not scored since his fantastic double against Real Madrid on November 1st. Since then, and its no secret, he has been desperately short of form and was lucky to escape a red card after his horror lunge on Man City star Kevin de Bruyne on Sunday.
Last season was a prolific one for the former MK Dons midfielder in which he scored 22 times, and bagged the PFA Young Player of the Year for the second season running however instead of flourishing from there, he has become complacent, says ex-Premier League legend Shearer
He says : “He was the face of a new breed of young England players that were threatening to stand alongside their foreign counterparts in the Premier League.Unfortunately, the player seems to be now resting on the laurels of that praise and the exposure that came with his good form.
Shearer added: “It is very easy when you are a young player to get carried away with all the adulation.
“What I see is another young English player falling short of the hype.On Saturday at the Etihad, when he really needed to step up, he let his team down and should have been sent off.”
The article says that City star Raheem Sterling has gone from strength to strength at the Etihad under Pep Guardiola, and Shearer compared the two England prospects. He said “He could take a leaf out of Raheem Sterling’s book,Offered a swap, you would have taken Dele over Sterling this time last year.
He added: “Sterling was getting headlines for things off the pitch and, on it, things were not happening for him.He has responded by knuckling down, listening to one of the best coaches in the game and the results have been fantastic for him and City.”
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