Exclusive: Big Dele Alli development after Tottenham training today
Dele Alli has been left out of the Tottenham squad for their Europa League clash against Lokomotiv Plovdiv on Thursday, Football Insider can reveal.
Jose Mourinho revealed at his media conference on Wednesday ahead of the trip to Bulgaria that he would leave eight players at home.
Mourinho did not name the stars who would not be travelling other than the injured Tanguy Ndombele but he divulge that skipper Harry Kane would play.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider that Alli, 24, has been told by Jose Mourinho and his staff after training today to stay behind at the club’s Enfield headquarters.
The England international is not in the travelling party for the second qualifying round of the Europa League.
He will instead work on his fitness at Hotspur Way with Ndombele and the other six omitted senior players.
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Alli’s omission comes after was hauled off at half-time in Spurs’ 1-0 opening-day defeat to Everton on Sunday.
Mourinho insisted at his media conference that it’s “my job to make decisions” and “there is no story”.
But, Alli certainly has to raise his game to get back in the Tottenham team for their next Premier League clash, against Southampton on Sunday.
The Amazon Prime’s fly-on-the-wall documentary of Spurs’ 2019-20 season, All or Nothing, highlighted Alli’s shortcomings in training.
In a meeting with Daniel Levy, Mourinho says: “I told already Dele very directly that he doesn’t train well, he is not a good trainer,” and tells the chairman they need to “find motivation” for the midfielder.
In other news, Tottenham have accepted a 7-figure bid for international ace.