Dele Alli 'shouldn't wear a Tottenham shirt ever again' and will be first out the door in January - pundit
Dele Alli “should not wear a Tottenham shirt ever again” after his role in Thursday night’s humiliation.
That is according to ex-Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Spurs sunk to an embarrassing 2-1 Europa Conference League defeat to Mura on Thursday night.
The shock defeat to the Slovenian minnows leaves Tottenham’s last-16 hopes hanging by a thread and was roundly condemned by pundits and supporters.
Alli started the match in a number 10 role behind Harry Kane and played 54 minutes before he was replaced by Son Heung-Min.
Conte, speaking in a press conference soon after his arrival, insisted he would give Alli the “possibility to show his talent” but Whelan insists he has run out of chances.
“It doesn’t matter who the manager is at Tottenham, it hasn’t worked and you can’t see that changing,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
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“Managers have come and gone and tried to bring out the Dele of old, it hasn’t worked.
“You look at his performances and, urgh, they’re miles off the level needed and where he was three or four years ago when he was one of the best young players in Europe.
“It’s time to let him go – in January if they can find a club for him – because he’s had a number of opportunities now.
“Even Conte coming in hasn’t flicked the switch. Something’s not right where a player who was that good, now, he’s not fit to wear the Spurs shirt ever again”.
Alli made his 14th appearance of the season for Tottenham against Mura, which have included six Premier League starts.
His start on Thursday night was his first from Conte’s four matches in charge after he was a sub against Vitesse, Everton and Leeds.