Danny Mills has claimed that Tottenham star Dele Alli is suffering from burnout after his “phenomenal” start to his career in north London.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender says that the 23-year-old is still a very good player despite having failed to hit the heights he set during the first couple of seasons at Spurs.
Having signed from MK Dons as a teenager, Alli scored 10 goals and contributed 11 assists in his first campaign with the Lilywhites, while his second saw him net 22 times across all competitions.
The 37-cap England international has seen a number of muscular injuries curtail his career over the last 12 months and Mills says the vast number of games he played as a youngster could have played a big role in that.
“I think he just has to knuckle down,” MIlls told Football Insider.
“It’s sometimes very, very difficult for a young player to burst on to the scene. He was outstanding the first couple of seasons. He was phenomenal. He was incredibly young still and you are going to have a little dip in form.
“If that standard is incredibly high that you’ve set, people are going: ‘You weren’t as good as you were last year.’ No, that was an exceptional season. For a very young player he’s played an awful lot of football. He played nearly 100 games for MK Dons. There are only so many miles in the tank.
“The body has so many miles in it and if you use up all those miles early on, you start to struggle later on. If you’re a slow starter, you can prolong your career. Young players have dips in form.
“He’s an outstanding player, we know that. He will come back without a doubt. Maybe it’s what he need, to settle down, get himself really fit, take a little bit of the pressure.”
Alli already has 184 Tottenham appearances across all competitions, with his time in MK Dons’ first-team edging him close to 300 games at club level.
He will be missing for the opening weekend of the 2019/20 season through injury, Spurs welcoming newly-promoted Aston Villa in their first game of the campaign.
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