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What does the future hold for Tottenham Hotspurs’ Dele Alli?

Dele Alli joined Tottenham from MK Dons for just 5 million pounds in 2015 and cemented himself in Mauricio Pochettino’s side as one of the most exciting young talents in Europe. Dele Alli has made 223 appearances for Tottenham to date, scoring 62 goals and providing 55 assists.

In 2017, Alli collected his second consecutive PFA Young Player of the year award. His performances in his two seasons at Spurs saw top clubs across Europe sniffing around and attempting to prize him away from North London. Since making his debut for Tottenham Hotspurs, Dele Alli’s Tottenham career had been relatively successful until the past two seasons.

When Jose Mourinho took charge of Tottenham last season, many people thought the Portuguese tactician was rarely the right manager for Alli. The England youngster was fantastic during Mourinho’s early weeks as new Spurs coach, scoring four and assisting three in the Portuguese first five games in charge. In those early weeks under Mourinho, it looked like Alli was getting back to his best form.

However, the injuries and poor form have once again set in Alli’s career in recent times. He now faces an uncertain future at Tottenham. This season, Alli has started just one Premier League game, which saw him subbed at half time in the opening weekend defeat against Everton. The only other appearance Alli has made this term was the Europa League play-off tie against FK Shkendija. Alli wasn’t part of the Tottenham squad that won against Chelsea on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. The latest snub will come as a big blow to the player. Before the Carabao Cup game against their London rivals, Mourinho admitted that the Carabao Cup was not a priority, and there were going to be rotations.

Everyone thought Alli would be part of Mourinho’s plans, especially during this cluster of games. Despite the numerous games ahead for Mourinho and his team, Alli is still finding it challenging to make it into the squad, which has led to immense speculation over his future at the club. It doesn’t look very promising for the player at present ahead of the transfer deadline. Alli looks like a player that needs a move to revitalize his career and is a transfer target of a host of clubs across Europe and beyond, with the French Champions, PSG being the frontrunners.

 

Where could Dele Alli end up?

Dele Alli’s five-year stay in North London may be over, although his contract at the club runs until 2024. From recent developments in the past few days, it is evident that the midfielder has a big fight on his hands to win his place back in the Tottenham starting eleven. Alli has gone from being a key component in Tottenham’s plans for the future to a disposable asset. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the player is not Mourinho’s type of player. Many football pundits and fans believe that the England midfielder should make a move this summer, and the PSG boss Thomas Tuchel could be the ideal coach for him. According to reports, Alli has his heart set on a move to the French capital. He would be fantastic at PSG, and many people think that playing alongside a whole host of world-class players at the Parc des Princes would help Alli reach the next level in his career.

A move to PSG will automatically lift his game and make him a better player, having seen his development stall at Tottenham following a promising start under Mauricio Pochettino. The Chairman of Tottenham, Daniel Levy, still values Alli, and it is unlikely that the player will leave Tottenham permanently. Alli could always go on a season-long loan deal if it is right for all parties involved. With the English transfer window closing on Monday the 5th of October, we are set to see where Alli’s future lies.

 

What’s next?

Mourinho has made it clear that Alli would be a Tottenham player by the end of the transfer window. However, the question here is, should Alli stay and fight for his position? A section of Spurs’ fans believes that the arrival of the Welsh superstar Gareth Bale will push Alli further down the pecking order.

Alli missed out on the most recent England squad that faced Iceland and Denmark in the UEFA Nations League. Alli’s omission from the recent England squad indicates that he is no longer the excellent player he was at the 2018 World Cup. He will have to improve and start playing regularly or risk missing the Euros in 2021.

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