By Paul Robinson

14th Sep, 2020 | 4:00pm

'Very Worrying' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson on big Tottenham 24-yr-old development

Paul Robinson insisted that it “is a very worrying sign” for Dele Alli that he was taken off at half-time as Tottenham lost to Everton yesterday.

The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the decision would have been “a definite blow” to the 24-year-old.

The attacking midfielder was replaced by Moussa Sissoko at half-time despite showing no sign of injury and the game goalless.

Spurs showed little improvement in the second-half – a header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin enough to ensure that the Toffees left London with all three points.

Alli was left out of the most recent England squad with a number of attacking midfielders, including Phil Foden and Jack Grealish, seemingly ahead of him in Gareth Southgate’s plans.

Jose Mourinho delivered a scathing assessment of his players after the loss and criticised his attack’s “lazy press”.

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When asked by Football Insider if the substitution was an ominous sign for Alli, Robinson said: “I would like to know why he took him off at half-time.

“Mourinho has openly criticised his players. He was very critical of his players without naming names but the fact that Dele Alli came out at half-time…

“To be substituted at half-time is a definite blow as a footballer. You do not often get taken off at half-time unless it is tactical and it was not tactical, it was a like-for-like swap. To be dragged off at half-time in the first game is a very worrying sign.”

Speaking after the match, Mourinho said: “I didn’t like my team.

“The struggle started in the way we pressed – or I would say in the way we didn’t press because our pressure up front was very, very poor. I would say it was lazy pressure and when you have lazy pressure you don’t press and you let opponents build from the back.”

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