By Aramide Oladipo
Outspoken pundit Tony Cascarino has heaped huge criticism on Tottenham ace Dele Alli for his performance in the North London derby on the weekend.
The 21-year-old failed to make an impact against bitter rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium which contributed to Spurs slumping to a disappointing 2-0 defeat.
The attacking midfielder was eventually substituted after 75 minutes alongside Spurs talisman Harry Kane.
The England international has only managed to score goal and provide one assist against the Gunners in five appearances in all competitions.
Writing in his column for the Times, Cascarino delivered a damning verdict on Alli’s performance and questioned the attacker’s commitment during the match.
“Dele Alli did a great impression of Mesut Özil on a bad day in the north London derby on Saturday,” he wrote.
“He’s a very young man, so you have to cut him a bit of slack, but for whatever reason he looked totally uninterested and was on the fringe of the game for 70 minutes before being replaced.
“Footballers have bad games, that’s inevitable, but what’s worse than playing badly is looking like you don’t care.”
Alli missed the international break through injury which might explain his failure to impose his quality on the match.
The attacker has impressed with his performance in the Spurs first-team this season, contributing with seven goals and one assist in all competitions.
The derby day defeat means that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now 11 points behind Premier League table topping Manchester City and they only have a one point advantage over bitter rivals Arsenal.
Alli will be looking to improve on his performance when Spurs face Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs fans have urged Daniel Levy to sign up this attacker after a stunning display at the weekend.