Darren Bent believes that Dele Alli needs a “fresh start” to reignite his career after being snubbed from the Tottenham squad in recent games.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that the 24-year-old needs to “go somewhere and be loved” after falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho.
As quoted by talkSPORT after the win over Southampton, Mourinho admitted he had “too many players” in attacking roles and that was why Dele was left out of the squad against the Saints.
The attacking midfielder was also missing for the Europa League qualifier against Lokomotiv Plovidiv.
Bent believes that Dele’s career in north London is certainly up in the air and that a potential move away may “kick start” his career again.
Asked if he thought the midfielder’s future was in doubt, Bent told Football Insider: “At the minute it would suggest so. Why he was left out, I don’t know, but he’s one that maybe, potentially, he needs to go now and get a fresh start somewhere.
“He’s never really got back to the same the heights we saw him reach when he burst onto the scene, where he won PFA Young Player of the Year, was superb – we’ve never seen it consistently for a while.
“To be fair he’s still a very, very good player, a top player but I think maybe he needs to go somewhere and be loved again. Maybe if he goes somewhere and rediscovers that love and the fans really endear to him and take him on board, then I think he could kick start again.
“At the minute it just doesn’t seem to be working out for him at Spurs.”
Asked about Dele’s absence from the squad, Mourinho told talkSPORT: “We have too many players in the squad.
“I had on the bench; Bergwijn, Lo Celso, Sissoko, Lamela… to have Dele, I need to leave somebody else behind. That’s the situation at this moment.”
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