Dele Alli will be “fuming” with Jose Mourinho after being left as an unused substitute for Tottenham against Fulham, according to Darren Bent.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admitted the attacking midfielder will wonder what he has got to do to be given the chance to prove himself after a lacklustre display from his teammates.
Speaking after the FA Cup win over Marine, as quoted by the Daily Mail, Mourinho praised both the 24-year-old’s performance and attitude and suggested he would play in the Lilywhites’ next game against Aston Villa.
However, the game against the Villans was postponed and, despite his manager’s comments, Alli found himself left as an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw against Fulham.
Bent suggested the social media post was a way of Dele getting his frustrations across and voiced his sympathy with the former MK Dons starlet.
Bent told Football Insider: “I mean he’ll be fuming because he’ll be thinking to himself: ‘I’m good enough to get in this team, for one,’ and if he thought he had an opportunity of playing against Villa midweek, I don’t know what changed.
“He’ll be thinking: ‘What is going on?’ which I can understand but at the same time, Dele Alli has to do what he has had to all season which is get his head down, work hard and try and play himself back into this team because he’s too good a player not to play any games, he can’t possibly do that.
“As difficult as it’s going to be for him, he’s got to find a way of getting back into Jose side’s and with these sort of performances against Fulham and stuff, these are opportunities for him.
“I saw his Instagram post after the game of him just sitting there and he just looked like a frustrated figure which I can understand. He’s probably thinking I can help this team, I’ve more than enough to help.”