Alan Hutton has ripped into Tottenham for being “unfair” to Dele Alli amid new reports he will not be allowed to leave in the January transfer window.
The former Spurs and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has been left fuming over the “annoying” treatment of the England international this season.
As reported by Sky Sports, Spurs are not willing to let the 24-year-old leave on loan next month despite his lack of game time in north London this season.
Dele’s three-minute cameo against Liverpool on Wednesday was only his fourth Premier League appearance – just one of which has come among the starting XI – and his 10th overall outing of the season.
Hutton believes a loan move would be ideal for the former MK Dons man and that it is not fair if Tottenham force him to stay at the club.
“I think he still has to play football and if he’s not going to get the time at Tottenham, I think a loan would be perfect for him to go out, play games, get back to playing to the level that we all know that he can, and then take it from there,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“At the moment it’s like Tottenham want to have their their cake and eat it. They want to keep him but they’re not using him, but they don’t want to let him go because they’ve got a lot of games coming up and they may need him – it’s not fair.
“I’m just thinking from a pure player’s point of view – I do understand from Tottenham – but from a young player’s point of view, he wants to play games and you’re not getting it at your club.
“You’re not really anywhere near it, there’s so many boys in front of you so let me go and play football, but then they’re saying: ‘Oh we can’t let you go on loan.’ It’s just unfair, it’s the part of football that really annoys me.
“We want to see these young talents playing as much as possible and he’s just neither here nor there really at the moment so, as a footballer and him, you want to see him go away somewhere and playing but whether they’re going to allow it, I’m not so sure.”