Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has been urged by BBC pundit Clinton Morrison to consider a move away from Jose Mourinho’s Spurs.
The 24-year-old, who has been frozen out for much of the season, was handed his first start since 26 November in last night’s League Cup quarter-final tie at Stoke.
Things didn’t go to plan for Alli, however, as he gave the ball away from which the Potters went on to score an equaliser, though Spurs ran out 3-1 winners in the end.
Mourinho ended up taking the England international off in the 66th minute and criticised him at full time, accusing him of “creating problems for his own team”.
Speaking during the game, Morrison feels that Alli needs a change of clubs and the opportunity to play for a manager who will “love” him.
“Dele Alli is a talented boy but I think there comes a time where a player needs a change,” Morrison told BBC Sport last night (18:56).
“He’s a confidence player and he needs a manager to love him and I don’t think Jose Mourinho is loving him at the moment and that’s why he’s not involved in a lot of Spurs games in the Premier League. But there’s no doubt he’s a talented player.”
Alli has made just five starts for Spurs in 2020-21 and has twice been replaced at half-time, coming off against Everton in the Premier League and Antwerp in the Europa League.
While Alli may have struggled for form at times, the talent and quality is there, as shown by his impressive displays against the likes of Manchester United and Maccabi Haifa.
However, he doesn’t look to be in Mourinho’s plans and, as Football London wrote earlier this month, Alli would need something of an injury crisis right now if he’s not even getting into the “second XI”.
Just over a year ago, the Portuguese declared that Alli is “too good to not be one of the best players in the world and not playing with the national team,” but with the midfielder now not even playing for his club, it’s likely that he’ll leave.