'It's a Known Fact...What an Athlete' - Exclusive: Big Spurs transfer verdict dropped by pundit
Tottenham are unlikely to allow Dele Alli to be loaned out in the January window.
That is according to former Spurs midfielder Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge about the immediate future of the England international.
Alli, 24, has been a fringe figure at Tottenham this season although he did have a surprise run-out as a late substitute in last weekend’s Premier League draw against Crystal Palace.
Football Insider revealed last month that Everton have set their sights on a potential loan deal for Alli, while he has also attracted strong interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
The final decision will rest with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who believes Alli still has a long-term future at the club.
Asked by Football Insider if he thought Alli could head out on loan in January to boost his transfer value, Brown said: “It (Alli’s value) might not be going anywhere but I think it’s a known fact that Dele Alli’s super fit, in regards to athleticism, running, training, yes you want match sharpness but if anyone can get it back fast, it’ll be him.
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“I’m not sure if there’s a benefit of a loan deal. If there’s a club that he can go to permanent, and everybody’s happy with that situation, but I don’t necessarily see a loan with Dele Alli.”
Mourinho has built his midfield around another headline summer capture, Pierre-Emile Hjojberg, club-record capture Tanguy Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko, with Giovani Lo Celso as first choice back-up.
That has seen England international pair Winks and Alli fall down the pecking order this season.
Alli’s demotion is especially stark and he has failed to even make the matchday 18 for 10 of Spurs’ 13 Premier League matches this season and has even struggled for game time in the Europa League.