Manager Exclusive: 'One of best players in PL' is fighting for Tottenham future
Dele Alli is still fighting for his future at Tottenham despite an “exemplary” performance against Marine, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Rangers and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 24-year-old did exactly what he needed to do to try and force his way back into the Jose Mourinho’s plans – but questioned if it was enough.
As quoted by the Daily Mail, Mourinho praised the attacking midfielder’s “professionalism and attitude” after he previously questioned his commitment and dedication in training.
Alli has struggled for game time this year, with just one league start from 12 appearances under his belt.
McLeish has admitted it is still unclear whether Mourinho sees a future for the England international at Spurs but insisted there was still time for the former MK Dons man to turn things around.
“Whether he wants to be at Spurs or whether he wants a move, Dele Alli has to have a bit of pride, play to his top-level performance and he gave that the other night,” McLeish told Football Insider.
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“I’m sure that wouldn’t have been lost on Jose but whether Jose feels that he can be part of the plans is another matter. As far as the individual himself go then that’s what he has to do, every time he pulls on the white jersey of Spurs, then he’s got to give an exemplary performance.
“I don’t know how old Dele is now, mid-20s?  Oh, what? He’s still a baby!
“He’s gone up there like that, he’s plateaued a wee bit, come down and lost his form a wee bit but he’s shown the evidence of those previous years that he can be one of the best players in the whole of the Premier League.”
Alli has a total of 234 appearances for Spurs under his belt, as well as 37 caps for England.