Alan Hutton was baffled to see Dele Alli play five minutes for Tottenham against Crystal Palace and claimed his head will be “wrecked” ahead of Wednesday’s Liverpool clash.
The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted the uncertainty over his place in north Londoners’ squad must be messing with the 24-year-old’s head.
The England international’s brief appearance from the substitute bench was his first Premier League appearance in eight games and only his ninth runout of the season.
Most of Alli’s minutes have come in the Europa League this summer but he was left as an unused sub for the Lilywhites’ final group game against Royal Antwerp last week.
Hutton has admitted he cannot imagine how difficult things must be for the former MK Dons star and that it will have the midfielder questioning his future at Spurs.
Asked if he thought Sunday’s appearance was a positive development, Hutton told Football Insider: “I hope so, I mean it’s a difficult one, isn’t it?
“He’s in the squad and then he doesn’t play in the European game, where you would think he would get his minutes because of the amount of changes they are making, and then he’s in the Premier League matchday squad and he gets five minutes.
“I’m just thinking, as a player, it must just kind of wreck your head a bit, you don’t know if you’re going to be in squads from week to week so it must be difficult, it must be like a rollercoaster for him at the moment, he doesn’t really know whether he’s coming or going.
“Should he leave, should he stay? He’s not really getting an awful lot of game time and he knows that he has to play for the summer if he wants to be anywhere near the England squad but, I don’t know, it’s just a strange one at the moment.”