Darren Bent believes there may be a clash of opinions between Jose Mourinho and the Tottenham board over the future of Dele Alli.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England hitman suggests that the manager may want to cash in on the senior star after leaving him out of his senior squad in recent weeks.
The playmaker has been left out of Tottenham’s last two matchday squads by Mourinho, who admitted he has “too many players” in attacking roles when questioned about Dele’s absence.
Bent believes that there may well be a difference of opinion between the board and Mourinho over what to do with the England ace and suggests he needs to be sold if the Portuguese boss is not going to use him.
Asked if he thought there were mixed feelings among the senior figures at Spurs, Bent told Football Insider: “I guess so because the board and Daniel Levy will be thinking they really believe in him, they want him to stay, he’s done great things for that football club, he’s put in some great performances.
“Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, has worked with some of the very, very best and he knows what it takes.
“If he’s alluding to that Dele Alli’s a lazy trainer when he’s worked with people like Frank Lampard, Michael Essien – great midfield players who probably put it in week in, week out and trained properly – he can probably see the signs that this isn’t good.
“In that regards, he’s (Dele) fighting a bit of a losing battle because at the end of the day, regardless of whether the board and Daniel Levy really like him, if Mourinho says: ‘He’s not getting in my team, he’s not playing well enough, he doesn’t train well enough and he’s not going to feature in my plans,’ then if they want a bit of money in, he’s probably one you’d be able to get a lot of money for and replace him in the squad.
“At the end of the day Dele Alli’s too good a footballer to just sit there and waste his talent on somebody’s bench.”
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