Danny Mills has suggested Tottenham could loan Dele Alli out in January to put him in the shop window ahead of a potential summer sale.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds United and England defender was adamant Alli is still a “great player” but needs a new challenge.
The BBC reported last week French side Paris Saint-Germain are interested in taking the 24-year-old on loan in January after Daniel Levy refused to agree to a deal in the summer.
The England international made his first Premier League appearance in over two months against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Alli had not made a league matchday squad since his 20-minute cameo in Spurs’ 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United at the beginning of October.
Asked by Football Insider whether a January loan move could help Levy make a healthy profit on Alli, Mills said: “It’s guaranteed that Daniel Levy will do anything to make a profit.
“He’ll be pulling flowers from his sleeve and rabbits out of his hat if it means he’s going to make money. He’s very good at doing that.
“I’m sure there’s still a great player in Dele Alli, it’s just reinvigorating that, stoking that fire and getting him going.
“Sometimes that is a change. Sometimes there’s a personality clash and for whatever reason, it doesn’t work with certain managers or at a certain club after a while.
“We all need refreshing from time to time. If he goes out on loan and does exceptionally well Tottenham might want to keep him after that.”
Alli joined Tottenham from MK Dons for an initial £5million in February 2015 and was loaned straight back to his boyhood club.