Darren Bent has savaged the levels of desire and hunger and desire from Tottenham Hotspur superstar Dele Alli.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs striker said he finds it difficult to see the 24-year-old, who was once valued at over £100million, featuring in the Premier League “anytime soon”.
Alli was handed a rare start in the Lilywhites’ 1-0 defeat to Royal Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday but was one of five players substituted at half-time.
While refusing to comment on individuals, Jose Mourinho said after the game, as quoted by the Express, that Spurs’ performance had made his future decisions “easy”.
And Bent agreed with the former Chelsea boss claiming Alli’s recent performances were justifying his exclusion.
He told Football Insider: “Dele Alli wasn’t the only poor one (against Royal Antwerp), I think Gareth Bale had a very poor game but obviously he’s still trying to find his feet.
“With someone like Dele Alli after that performance the other night you start to think ‘unless injuries happen, how is he going to get back into that team?’
“He’s not been playing particularly great and he doesn’t look like he’s got that hunger and desire to go and show Jose Mourinho that he is wrong not to pick him and he’s making it easy for him.
“At times it can be difficult, all he needs to do is get his head down and work but you have to say you can’t see him playing in the league anytime soon.”
Alli has started just three games across all competitions this season and his only Premier League start came in the 1-0 defeat to Everton on the opening day.
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