Tottenham have a world beater on their hands if they can coax Dele Alli back to his formidable best.
That is the verdict of ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan in an exclusive interview with Football Insider.
Whelan claimed Mauricio Pochettino “must find a way to manage” Alli, 23, and reignite the fire that can make him a “world beater”.
The attacking midfielder has lost his regular starting spot at Tottenham and had a mixed few seasons since lighting up the Premier League and being talked of as a potential £150million target of Europe’s elite clubs.
“Pochettino must find a way to manage this kid, and get the best out of him” Whelan told Football Insider. “Dele Alli’s career is standing still and he needs to rediscover the form that made him a world beater.
“He has been hampered by a few injuries and there has been talk that he’s been worked out a bit. I don’t buy that. Maybe defences know what he can do, but top players always find a way, and he is a top player.
“Alli’s become something of a forgotten man, and it’s up to him, Pochettino and Tottenham to get him flying again. He needs to get the swagger back into his game.”
Alli has yet to start a league match for Spurs this season, with his three appearances coming in Champions League and League Cup starts and a 30-minute showing in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal.
He has played 187 times for Tottenham, which have yielded 53 goals, as well as 37 times for England.