By Aramide Oladipo
Outspoken pundit Chris Sutton has urged Tottenham attacking ace Dele Alli to step up in the absence of striker Harry Kane in the Premier League clash against Manchester United on Saturday.
The 21-year-old enjoyed his best campaign in terms of numbers with the North London club last season, scoring a total of 22 goals and 13 assists in all competitions.
However, the Spurs first-team regular has only managed to contribute with one assist in the Premier League this season and he was heavily criticised when he dived against Huddersfield last month.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Sutton was fairly critical of the youngster’s start to the campaign and believes that this weekend’s fixture is the perfect chance to get right back on track.
“Losing Harry Kane for the trip to Old Trafford is an enormous blow for Tottenham but now is the time for Dele Alli to step up,” he said.
“Alli is yet to hit top form this season.
“We have seen less of the creative genius and more acts of petulance, such as his middle-finger gesture to Kyle Walker on England duty.
“In recent weeks he has started to find his feet — scoring in Spurs’ last two matches — and it is vital that Alli provides a similar goal threat on Saturday.”
As Sutton mentioned, the England international has notched up goals in back-to-back matches against Liverpool and London rivals West Ham United at Wembley Stadium.
Alli has managed to contribute with five goals in all competitions but he has only scored once in his past six Premier League matches.
The attacker will be looking for his ever goal against United when Spurs travel to Old Trafford this weekend.
Spurs will leapfrog United into second place with a victory on Saturday afternoon.
In other Tottenham news, Alan Shearer has blasted the club for their defeat to West Ham.