'It's Unheard Of' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to unexpected Tottenham player twist
Dele Alli should be encouraged to show his “frustration” at his Tottenham torment amid the latest surprise twist.
That is according to Michael Brown, the former Spurs midfielder speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge about how he understands the pain Alli is going through during his very public fall from grace.
The England international, 24, failed to make the Tottenham matchday squad for seven consecutive Premier League games before he was unexpectedly recalled for Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.
Alli came off the bench for the final five minutes as Spurs chased a late winner at Selhurst Park.
It came three days after he was defended by Jose Mourinho for heading straight down the tunnel while an unused sub in Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League win against Antwerp.
Alli subsequently returned to the stands to watch the team, while his teammate Harry Winks remained in the dressing room.
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The more experienced of the two players appears to be back in the good books of Mourinho following his extended freeze-out.
Brown told Football Insider: “He didn’t make the last seven Premier League squads (before his appearance v Crystal Palace) which is unheard of for Dele Alli…Harry Winks is in a similar situation.
“Yes, there’s some minutes there but it’s difficult times and all he can do is get his head down and he’s got to show a bit of (frustration).
“If he was laughing and joking on the bench, not getting on, everyone would say: ‘Oh, he doesn’t care,’ so we want to see some passion, you want to see that he cares.”
Alli has started just one Premier League match for Tottenham this season.
Nearly all of his match action has come in the Europa League although he has not completed a single match in any competition this term.