Tom Huddlestone has told Stadium Astro that he would be surprised if Dele Alli left Tottenham Hotspur.
Dele has lost his place in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven this season and he has only been involved in the matchday squad on four occasions in the club’s nine league and cup appearances to date (transfermarkt).
The midfielder was also heavily linked with a potential loan move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain during the summer transfer window with Spurs said to have rejected a £3million offer to take him to the French capital for the season which did not include an obligation to make the deal permanent (Daily Mail).
Huddlestone believes that a chance of tactical system employed by the Spurs head coach has seen the former MK Dons player become a casualty and while he admits that he may have to leave N17, it would take him by surprise if Daniel Levy sold the 24-year-old who is yet to hit the peak of his career.
“With Dele, I still think he has the love of the fans,” Huddlestone told Stadium Astro.
“It just comes across that he and Jose don’t see eye to eye. I think Tottenham [against West Ham] was more of two sitters with Ndombele as a number 10.
“But in recent weeks, it has been one sitter with the two number eights, so in that system, Dele probably hasn’t played that system for Tottenham before. It’s an awkward one. If the manager doesn’t fancy him and he isn’t playing the system, which would benefit him, then it’s a difficult one to get him in. But everyone knows his class and qualities.
“But these little murmurings of Tottenham considering getting rid of him, at a young age and as a British player, is quite surprising. It might just be the spark he needs to get his career back on track.
“He might have to move on. But it would be a surprise if Tottenham were to cash in on such a young-ish player coming into his prime years. That would be quite surprising. I am pretty sure whatever club, whether it is Tottenham or if he was to move on, he would be able to hit the ground running.”
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