Dele Alli’s time is up at Tottenham – lack of form, Mourinho advice and Nuno fall-out

Dele Alli of Spurs & Nuno Esp’rito Santo, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur
Dele Alli of Spurs & Nuno Esp’rito Santo, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has fallen down the pecking order since the departure of Mauricio Pochettino and the 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from the London club for months now.

Once regarded as the most exciting prospect in English football, the talented attacking midfielder has struggled to replicate his peak form over the last couple of seasons and he’s now reduced to the role of a fringe player at Tottenham.

When Alli exploded into the first-team scene at the London club, he was tipped to replace the former England legend, Frank Lampard. Alli had similar goal-scoring ability and creativity in his locker.

However, his form came crashing down after the departure of Pochettino and he has never really managed to recover since then.

Alli had a tough time under the former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho who criticised him several times publicly.

Mourinho questioned the midfielder’s lazy attitude during training sessions and he even advised the player that time flies in football and Alli would regret not fulfilling his tremendous potential one day.

“I am 56 now and yesterday, I was 20,” Mourinho said. “Yesterday. Time flies. Time flies. I think one day I think you will regret if you don’t reach what you can reach.”

Furthermore, the Tottenham midfielder fell out with the current manager Nuno Espirito Santo as well and he was recently seen throwing tantrums when he was substituted during the midweek game in the Europa conference league.

The midfielder’s lack of form and tantrums have not gone down well amongst the Tottenham fans either and several of them have been calling for the midfielder to be shipped out as soon as possible.

It seems highly unlikely that Alli will regain his form at Tottenham in these circumstances and perhaps a fresh start would be ideal for him.

As for Tottenham, it would make sense for them to cash in on him while he still retains some value.