By Tony Hughes
Jamie Redknapp has described Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to withdraw Dele Alli in Tottenham’s 0-0 draw against Bournemouth on Saturday as “unbelievable”.
Alli was replaced by Moussa Sissoko 72 minutes into the clash at Vitality Stadium even though Spurs needed a goal to climb to the Premier League summit.
It was the second consecutive stalemate for Spurs after their goalless draw against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Playmaker Alli, 20, was withdrawn even though he is Tottenham’s second leading scorer in the league this season with three strikes and is increasingly renowned for his clinical touch in front of goal.
“I couldn’t believe he took off Dele Alli today,” pundit and former midfielder Redknapp told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the match. “Unless there is some kind of injury. He’s a goalscorer, he plays in that No10 role.
“I know he’s having a lot of games at the moment but he’s the one player that could have unlocked the door today.
“It’s not happening for Janssen at the minute. I think it will, he’s a good player. He had one opportunity, he lacks that bit of confidence.”
Alli has started eight out of nine league games, as well as all three Champions League fixtures, for a Tottenham side this season who have emerged as possible title contenders as they build on last season’s third-place finish.
Spurs remain in third position in the new campaign ahead of the rest of the weekend fixtures and are the only unbeaten side in the English top flight.
In other Tottenham news, fans have reacted on Twitter to Son Heung-Min’s display against Bournemouth.