Video: Jamie O’Hara launches highly critical assessment of Dele Alli

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Dom Le Roy

Dele Alli is yet to appear for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this season after picking up an injury prior to the Aston Villa match.

Despite being sidelined with a hamstring problem, Dele has come in for some criticism from former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara.

During an appearance on talkSPORT, O’Hara has claimed that the 23-year-old has failed to continue to improve following his impressive first campaign in London during the 2015/16 season.

He claimed that Dele probably never expected to reach the heights he has achieved by playing for Tottenham and England which requires him to set new goals for himself.

O’Hara also urged Tottenham to try and get more out of the former MK Dons player, who he described as playing on the cusp of matches with inconsistency.


O’Hara’s assessment of Dele is somewhat on the harsh side.  While last season was not his best by any means, he at times had to operate in a deeper role given the injury issues suffered in midfield.


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  1. Totally agree with O’Hara. Alli started so well, but the only thing that has become consistent, is his inconsistency. He drifts off, becomes lazy and definitely plays on the cusp. I’m a lifelong Spurs fan and was so excited when he burst onto the scene. Now I’m very underwhelmed. I think the fame and fortune has gone to his head. He’s more interested in fashion and hanging with socialites than being a footballer. Would have preferred to have sold him and bought Bruno Fernandes in the last window!

  2. O’Hara is talking absolute nonsense. Dele has improved in several regards since the 2015/16 season. His upper body strength and physicality has improved, his speed of decision making has also improved and his link up play in tight spaces has also improved.
    After no pre season and no real break last summer, Dele had a very interrupted season with 3 injury spells of around a month each and having to re integrate to the team. Then factor in Eriksen downturn in form from February and the impact of that on our attack, and Alli was never going to produce record numbers or close to record numbers.
    Its a lie told enough times being considered truth (as Mourinho put it), to say Alli hasn’t kicked on, when he clearly has when you watch his play. I still think Alli needs to improve a bit more physically, especially in his legs to improve his overall presence on the ball, and think his dribbling could also improve with that. Once he has those aspects of his game fine tuned he’ll be a world beater.
    Dele said in the summer that he feels he has improved as a player and hes got the feeling that everything will just suddenly click and he’ll kick on, I tend to agree with that. Dele was a very good player when he arrived and while hes slowly improving physically he seems to be improving the aspects of his game that will make him a great player.


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