Dele Alli has been highly professional amid transfer speculation linking him with a move away from Tottenham – an attitude mirrored in an “outstanding” performance against Marine.
That is according to 175-time Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs after Spurs advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 5-0 win.
Alli did not get on the scoresheet but dictated the game from his attacking midfield position, providing the assist for Carlos Vinicius’ opener.
His excellent performance came amid reports suggesting he could be set to leave North London after falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho, with Newcastle United, Everton and Paris Saint-Germain said to be interested.
Robinson believes Alli has acted as a model professional throughout the transfer saga and his showing against Marine stands as testament to that.
“I thought he was outstanding,” he told Football Insider.
“I’ve praised Dele Alli because even though he’s not been playing, his attitude’s been brilliant. We’ve not heard noises from him about a potential move or wanting a transfer. The only noise I’ve heard about Alli leaving have come from the media, not from Dele himself.
“He’s got his head down, he’s worked hard. And let’s be honest, it wasn’t exactly a glamour tie on Sunday. But Dele Alli’s not said ‘I don’t really fancy this, why should I be bothered about playing here?’
“He was completely the opposite, his attitude was excellent. He was probably one of the best players, if not the best player on the pitch.
“So you can only give him credit. When he’s been given the opportunity by Jose, he’s played to the best of his ability and he’s shown us what he can do, and I thought he was outstanding.
“You have to take the opposition into consideration, but he’s proven he can do it at the top level. His attitude has been nothing short of exemplary.”
Alli has not started a Premier League match for Spurs since the opening day of the season.
He has made three substitute appearances since then, with most of his 12 outings coming in cup competitions.