Frank McAvennie insists Dele Alli’s Tottenham career was over as soon as Jose Mourinho was appointed as manager.
The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Alli should leave Spurs this summer.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that the club will listen to offers for Alli, 25, in the upcoming window.
It is understood Alli is very difficult to manage behind the scenes and his return to the fold under Ryan Mason was partly to showcase his talent to potential buyers at an opportune time.
Alli only started seven Premier League games for Spurs this season.
However, he was in from the start in every one of the club’s last five games of the campaign.
McAvennie insists Alli’s problems started when Mourinho was appointed as Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement.
When asked if it is finally time for Spurs and Alli to part ways, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild, “I think so.
“Dele Alli bad-mouthed Mourinho and I don’t care what anyone says, that was his problem.
“It has nothing to do with his ability or anything else. He slaughtered Mourinho before and after he came to Tottenham.
“I don’t care who you are, you don’t do that to one of the best managers in the world, just in case they come to your club.
“As soon as Mourinho came in he was on thin ice. It’s as simple as that. You reap what you sow.
“Unless you go and apologise, but Alli clearly didn’t do that. Two big egos clashing there and there was only one winner.”
Alli had a resurgence in the immediate aftermath of Mourinho’s appointment.
However, he was quickly back in the wilderness after a string of unconvincing performances.