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22nd Dec, 2017 | 7:20am

'Fallen off a cliff' - Sky Sports pundit identifies Tottenham senior player not pulling his weight

Sky Sports pundit Tony Cascarino has claimed Tottenham Hotspur have ‘fallen off a cliff’ as they prepare for a tough Christmas schedule, and singled out Dele Alli for criticism amid their poor form.

Spurs were well-beaten by league leaders Manchester City last weekend, losing 4-1 at the Etihad to lose more ground in the race for the Champions League spots.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men came into this season as title contenders, but now face a fight to make the top four, currently lying in seventh place.

They face sixth-placed Burnley first up over the brutal winter schedule, travelling to Turf Moor on Christmas Eve to take on a Clarets side full of confidence after their incredible start.

Spurs then play Southampton at home, Swansea away, before London rivals West Ham visit Wembley on the 5th of January.

Cascarino has now delivered his verdict on Tottenham so far, and singled out Alli for criticism.

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In a special column for The Times, Cascarino said: “They have fallen off a cliff. Getting beaten 4-1 by Manchester City will have hurt. Mauricio Pochettino has to select a team that will stand up to Burnley.

“Tottenham look like also-rans who are ill-disciplined when they don’t get their way. Dele Alli was a world-beater against Real Madrid, but hasn’t got close to that since.”

In other Tottenham news, the club have scheduled talks with this superstar over a new deal.

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