By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham fans have taken to Twitter to urge Mauricio Pochettino to axe attacking midfield ace Dele Alli against Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
The 20-year-old attacker has started the club’s last six matches and received backing from team-mate Danny Rose on Thursday.
The England international full-back supported his team-mate, hailing him as the club’s best player despite struggling to hit the same form as last season.
“It’s his second season [in the Premier League],” Rose said, as quoted by the Guardian. “Everyone is not giving him as much time as he had last season.
“Dele is still our most dangerous player. He’s not doing as well as last season but neither is anyone else. I always say to Dele that I wish I was him, with how well he’s done, and he’s only 20.
“He’s working under the best manager and the manager will get the best out of him, come the end of the season. He’s getting chances. There’s no panic. We know Dele will get on the scoresheet again and start scoring again like he did last season.”
However, fans on social media believe time out of the team is what is now best for Alli, stating he should be dropped against the Clarets.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Winks in for Alli on Sunday! Dele has been very out of sorts last 2 games! #THFC
— John Hall (@JohnHall1985) December 14, 2016
Think we should just give Alli Sunday off, so he has 2 weeks to recover from any knocks he might have atm
— Zigzag (@Zigzag73) December 14, 2016
Very good today. Sissoko and Eriksen the major positives, Alli the disappointment. Winks in for him for Sunday please
— Alex (@biscuitbeck) December 14, 2016
— Hotspur Banter (@Hotspur_Banter) December 15, 2016
My team for Burnley.
Walker Toby Jan Rose
Dier Dembele (if fit)
Sissoko Eriksen Son
Vic for Moose if not fit. Alli rest
— Pritch (@Pritch_THFC) December 15, 2016
drop alli against Burnley surely?
— Levy Out (@SuperSpurs1985) December 14, 2016
Alli was named the PFA Young Player of the Year in the last campaign and also broke into the England national team at 19.
However, he is currently enduring a difficult spell in the team, returning just four goals and four assists in 21 fixtures in all competitions.
His poor attacking play has been a big reason for why Tottenham are in fifth place in the Premier League table despite only losing two league games this season.
A lack of killer instinct in the final third for the north London has meant they have drew six of their 16 fixtures, picking up wins in eight.
But, they are still just three points behind Manchester City in fourth and an expected win against Burnley on Sunday could see them move back into the Champions League spots.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs have joined the race to sign this Manchester United ace.