Sources: 'Difficult to manage' and a poor trainer, the Tottenham plan for selling Dele Alli revealed
Tottenham are likely to wait until next summer before trying once again to sell Dele Alli, Football Insider understands.
The club were willing to listen to offers for the former golden boy during the recent window but the prospect of securing a huge fee was a distant one.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider the club don’t expect Dele to go in January given how much his value has plummeted in recent years.
The best the club can hope for is for the midfielder to steadily improve over the season and for a deal to be deal in the next summer window.
It does not help that he is said by sources to be difficult to manage behind the scenes as well as an inconsistent trainer.
That is the plan for a man who is a shadow of the player who was regarded as one of Europe’s brightest talents a few years.
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Dele’s woeful performance in Sunday’s 3-1 humbling at the hands of Arsenal further demonstrated how far his stock has fallen.
He was hauled off at half-time with his team 3-0 down with his lack of energy conspicuous compared to his youthful replacement Oliver Skipp.
Dele came close to leaving Tottenham in January when extensive discussions were held with PSG over a loan deal.
Chairman Daniel Levy blocked that transfer as the French giants were not willing to pay the £3million loan fee demanded.
He made just seven league starts among 29 appearances in all competitions last season but has been a regular under Nuno Espirito Santo in the new campaign.
Dele has started all six of Spurs’ Premier League matches among nine appearances in all competitions.