Kevin Phillips has suggested that Dele Alli will be sorely missed by Tottenham Hotspur when they face Manchester United on Friday night. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international claimed that the 24-year-old has struggled to maintain his best form for Spurs this season but is still a key man.

The superstar was handed a one game ban and a £50,000 fine by the FA last week as punishment for a social media post he made about the Coronavirus pandemic back in February.

That suspension will rule him out of Spurs’ return to action against the Reds this weekend, but Phillips has argued that his absence won’t be felt too keenly.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “He’ll be a big miss, but I don’t think he’ll be irreplaceable.

“I don’t think he’s had one of his best seasons. His form has been up and down Mourinho subbed him a couple of times early on when he was there.

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“I think a fully fit, firing on all cylinders Dele Alli, he probably starts every game, but there’s good competition within the squad.

“Me personally, in my opinion, I don’t think he’s going to be a huge loss, but again, you would like him available, because when he is firing on all cylinders, he gives you that something a little bit different. He arrives in the box late, he scores a goal, and Tottenham need that at the moment.”

Alli has hit eight goals and four assists in 22 Premier League outings this season.

His form since the turn of the year has been patchy, however, with the midfielder scoring just twice since Boxing Day.

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