Noel Whelan has urged Dele Alli to fight for his Tottenham place after he slipped down Jose Mourinho’s pecking order.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Coventry City forward delivered his verdict after Alli did not even make the bench for Spurs’ Europa League tie against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

The England international had been linked to a move to Real Madrid as part of the deal to bring Gareth Bale back to England but Football Insider understands Daniel Levy does not plan on selling him.

The 24-year-old’s season got off to a nightmare start last weekend as he was replaced at half-time by Moussa Sissoko in Tottenham’s 1-0 home defeat to Everton.

And with Alli falling out of favour at Spurs, Whelan has urged the attacking midfielder to work harder in training to regain his place.

He told Football Insider“These days you’ve got a lot of players who are snowflakes and are soft inside.

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“Personally I would like to see him fight for his place because sometimes when you’re fighting for your place you bring out that anger inside of you and start playing better.

“I don’t want to see somebody give up and walk away. I’d like to see him react and work harder in training, push himself. Don’t allow somebody to take that position away for him.

“I don’t like to see players just hand in a transfer request and walk away and take the easy option.

“If it’s clearly broken down between him, the chairman and the manager then absolutely it’s best for all parties but I would love to see him fight for his position and find that form again that made him such a superstar.”

In other news, Football Insider can REVEAL Tottenham have reached an agreement over a £37million sale option as terms finalised.