Dele Alli will be fuming with Jose Mourinho after being snubbed from the Tottenham squad against Leicester City on Sunday.
That is according to former Spurs defender Alan Hutton, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about why the 24-year-old was left out by the Portuguese boss despite the maximum number of substitutes increasing to nine in the Premier League.
Alli, who featured off the bench against both Liverpool and Crystal Palace, was left out of the squad to face the Foxes as Gareth Bale, Matt Doherty and Carlos Vinicius took their places among the extended bench.
It was the 10th time the England international has not featured in the top-flight this season amid his dramatic fall down the pecking order in north London.
Hutton has admitted he thought things were getting better for the attacking midfielder after runouts against the Reds and the Eagles and that the former MK Dons man must be baffled as to why he was snubbed once again.
“You think to yourself, he had two appearances against Palace – right okay, it’s only a few minutes but the plus side is he’s in the squad and he’s on the pitch,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“Then at Liverpool, he comes on at Liverpool, as a sub as well, so again, you’re in the squad, you’re on the pitch, so you’re thinking: ‘Right, obviously the manager’s starting to trust me, I’m training hard, I’m getting minutes,’ and then they change the subs to nine and you’re not in the squad for the next game against Leicester at home.
“I genuinely don’t understand that. He must be sitting at home scratching his head thinking what have I done wrong?
“Obviously, we are not privy to what goes on in the training ground, anything could have happened, but I’m just talking from the outside looking in and it looks like he’s working his way back to being a regular in the squad and then you’re just chucked out again when the subs go up.
“It’s a very frustrating time for him and I just always think that he’ll still have one eye, on the Euros in the summer, and he’ll need to go out and play. I mean January is massive, absolutely massive, for him.”