Tottenham stars Gareth Bale and Dele Alli are in worryingly similar situations in terms of a lack of game time, says Michael Brown.
The ex-Spurs midfielder made his comments in exclusive conversation with Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge after Alli failed to get a single minute in Tottenham’s last two matches, against Sheffield United and Fulham respectively.
Thirty-seven-time England international Alli has started just one match in the league all season, in the opening day defeat to Everton.
Gareth Bale’s selection problems have also been well-documented since his loan arrival from Real Madrid and Mourinho is known for provoking his players into a reaction on the pitch.
This is often by depriving them of game time — he did the same with Tanguy N’Dombele when he first arrived at the club.
Using Alli as an example, Brown says that only the players themselves can rectify the situation, with tactical tweaks and an ever-improving squad making the task at hand all the more difficult.
He told Football Insider: “Well, you’ve got to see each game’s different. One game’s set-up is completely different from the next. That happens, and it can cost your personnel at times.
“[Alli’s] not that first immediate starter. He’s got to adapt to that. He showed a great attitude at Marine, got the job done even though it was very difficult for all those players to go there.
“We talk about Alli, and the same thing, it’s happening to Bale as well.
“The squad’s improving at Spurs, and Dele Alli has to find a way of playing in it every week.”
If Alli decided to give up fighting for his place in Mourinho’s side, there would be no shortage of suitors for his signature.
The 24-year-old has been heavily linked, by The Sun among others, with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, where former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has recently taken the reins.