Alan Hutton has admitted he would be “raging” after Dele Alli was reportedly named as the 19th man in the Tottenham squad against Manchester City.
The former Spurs and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the 24-year-old deserves a place on the substitutes’ bench and that he will be fuming with Jose Mourinho’s decision to leave him out again.
As reported by football.london, Alli was included as cover for the matchday squad against City and was forced to watch the game from the stands as a result.
Alli has been left out of seven of Spurs’ last eight Premier League squads, while he has failed to see out more than 45 minutes in any of their Europa League games so far.
Hutton insisted that being on the brink of being included in the squad to face Manchester City was not good news for the former MK Dons starlet and that he would be furious with the call.
Asked if he thought being included as the 19th man was good news for the attacking midfielder, Hutton told Football Insider: “Personally, no, I would still be raging.
“The 19th man is normally a young kid, in my experience, somebody that comes along with the squad, takes part in the changing room and stuff and then goes sits in the stand and watch the game. If that was me, I’d have headloss.
“So, no it’s not an improvement, actually, in my opinion. He should be, in my eyes, worst case, on the subs bench – that’s worst case. Even then, he shouldn’t really be. Somebody with his ability and talent would still be raging. That’s just my opinion.
“For him to be the 19th man, I understand Tottenham are doing really well at the moment, I get that, but there’s definitely a place, if they could get him back firing, I definitely think there’s a place in that starting XI where he could be.”
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