Paul Robinson has admitted he wouldn’t have been surprised if Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli had joined Paris Saint-Germain during the transfer window.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Tottenham and England goalkeeper believes that the 24-year-old could now become more involved for Spurs.
The Daily Mail reported on deadline day that the north London club were expecting a £6million loan bid from last season’s Champions League finalists.
Alli has been limited to just one Premier League start this season where he was dragged off at half-time against Everton.
Tottenham face a busy schedule in the coming months as they compete in the Europa League and Carabao Cup as well as the league.
And Robinson believes now his future is more settled, he could be reintegrated by Mourinho.
He told Football Insider: “It was a strange one when he came on the other night against Maccabi because he was left out the League Cup squad, left out the Premier League squad after being dragged off at half-time (against Everton on the opening day).
“You thought the writing was on the wall and you wouldn’t have been surprised if he went to PSG during the window.
“We’ve seen Jose do this to players before, he clearly knows the quality that Dele Alli’s got but he’s not performed for the past 18 months or two years.
“Whether that’s the manager taking a different tack to try and get the best out of Dele Alli and to see how he responds.
“Now the window’s closed things will be a little more settled. There will be no more talk about his immediate future.
“It’s obviously a way of the manager getting his message across saying ‘look, if you’re not doing it, if you’re not working hard enough, if you’re not playing well enough, you don’t play but if you do, you do play.’
“It’ll be one to keep an eye on over the coming weeks to see where, and if, he features in his squads.”
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