Jenas: This is why Dele Alli is struggling for Tottenham
Jermaine Jenas has revealed that he thinks Dele Alli is inconsistent this season due to players like Kyle Walker not being there to create space in midfield.
The BT Sport pundit broke down Spurs’ tactics in a video for Unibet, highlighting what Tottenham were doing last season that they’re not doing now.
— Unibet (@unibet) December 2, 2017
Jenas suggests that Spurs “don’t have the pace or ability” to go past players on the wing, and that they used to be able to drag centre-backs out of position last season.
The pundit believes the England international is at his most dangerous when he has space to run into and without the space he struggles to get as many opportunities to score.
Alli has only scored three league goals in 14 appearances so far this season for Spurs, last season the midfield scored 18 league goals in 37 outings.
Jenas mentions Walker, Danny Rose and Ben Davies as being players that created opportunities for Alli with their runs.
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Walker departed to Manchester City in the summer and Rose spent the first part of the season out injured with him only returning to action in November.
However Davies has featured in 11 league games for Tottenham this season, only missing the games against Swansea City, Bournemouth, Liverpool and Leicester City.
Alli actually scored one of his three league goals against Liverpool, a game none of the three players Jenas referenced featured in.
Tottenham are next in action on Wednesday against Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League.