Paul Ince has suggested that Dele Alli has “lots going on outside of football” that could potentially be affecting his performances.
While working on BT Sport Score, Robbie Savage read a comment from social media that said Alli was the most overrated English player and Ince scoffed at the remark before talking highly of the Spurs midfielder.
“I had him at MK Dons as a 14-year-old kid, he’s a very talented kid his rise to fame has come very quickly,” Ince revealed and added, “but he’s still only 21 years of age.”
The 50-year-old complimented the player further stating that he was “phenomenal” last season, even if he still had a “lot to learn”.
The retired midfielder then suggested the Tottenham star’s poor form could be nothing to do with what is happening on the pitch.
“There’s talk of going to Real Madrid, changing agents, lots going on outside of football in Dele Alli’s life at the moment,” said Ince.
The 21-year-old’s first-half performance for Spurs in the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion, had fans fuming as they blamed him for WBA’s goal.
The midfielder himself admitted ahead of the WBA game that his season had been “hit and miss” and that people always expect him to get a goal or an assist every game.
Alli actually got an assist, despite his poor performance, perfectly crossing the ball to Harry Kane to get the equaliser against WBA.
In other Tottenham news, here are three things Football Insider learned from Spurs’ 1-1 Premier League draw with West Brom.