Alan Hutton has claimed that Tottenham’s Dele Alli was at his best alongside ex-teammate Christian Eriksen and suggested he could be missing that partnership on the pitch.
Alli started on Wednesday night in the 1-0 defeat to RB Leipzig, as the German visitors picked up a first leg advantage in the last-16 Champions League tie.
The 23-year-old has made his name as a quality attacking midfielder and playmaker, but was used in a more central attacking position in midweek alongside Lucas Moura.
Jose Mourinho is trying to find a solution to being without inured stars Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, which has left a considerable void.
Alli lasted until 64 minutes before he was substituted off and he showed his visual frustration in the dugout afterwards.
Former Spurs defender Hutton believes that the England international was at his peak during his time alongside Eriksen, who completed a £16.9million (BBC) exit in January to join Inter Milan.
“That’s when Dele Alli was at his best [with Eriksen]. He would make the big runs back post and Eriksen would find him when he was top of his game. Dele Alli was at his best form playing alongside him,”Hutton told Sky Sports’ Main Event channel.(10:25pm, 19 February).
Alli certainly had an understanding with Eriksen that flourished, but there is no reason why over time he can’t find that with Giovani Lo Celso and the Argentine is beginning to pull the strings in the Spurs midfield.
Alli has eight goals in 30 games across all competitions this season, but doesn’t seem to make late runs into the box as much as he used to and he needs to get back to being a clinical goalscorer.
He finished the 2016/17 campaign with 22 goals across all competitions for Spurs and there is definitely more that Mourinho can get out of him.