Dele Alli is going to have to make a “huge decision” to leave Tottenham during the January transfer window, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has urged the 24-year-old to demand a move away after being snubbed from the Premier League squad against Manchester City.
The attacking midfielder has played just twice in the top-flight this season and has now been left out of the last five matchday squads.
Football.london report that he was included as the 19th man against City but he ended up watching the game from the stands.
Hutton has admitted it looks as though there is no coming back for the former MK Dons star and that it is time for the player himself to try an instigate a move out of north London.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s looking more like he has to leave, this is a boy I think should be playing week in, week out in the Premier League. Mourinho obviously doesn’t fancy him so it’s time to move on in my opinion.
“I’d be going in and saying: ‘Whoever comes in for me, if I fancy it, let me go.’ It’s as simple as that. I’d like to think he’d be aiming for a high team, I understand he has not played a lot.”
Asked if Spurs would be reluctant to let him leave to a Premier League rival, Hutton said: “They probably will be but at the end of the day, if you’re treating your asset, if you see them as being a top asset and you don’t want to sell him to a rival, why is he the 19th man? That’s what I’d be asking.
“It’s going to be a huge decision, like when we spoke about Harry Winks, he has to pick the right team, he needs to go somewhere where he’s going to play, where he’s going to be loved and he can get back to doing what he does best.”
Dele Alli has started just three times in his six appearances across all competitions at Spurs and has been leapfrogged by the likes of Tanguy Ndombele in the pecking order.
In other Tottenham news, Hutton has been left drooling over a Spurs “Revelation” who could be the next captain of the club.