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Chris Sutton makes exciting prediction about Tottenham star Dele Alli

Tottenham Hotspur v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad: Group J - UEFA Europa League

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Chris Sutton makes exciting prediction about Tottenham star Dele Alli

Chris Sutton has made an exciting prediction about Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli on the BT Sport Europa League highlights show – suggesting his efforts against Ludogorets could be the start of a change in fortunes for the playmaker.

Alli, 24, was given just his seventh appearance on Thursday night and the England ace took full advantage. Not only did Alli provide a very unselfish assist for Carlos Vinicius, he also created Lucas Moura’s goal – albeit Vinicius laying on the assist.

The midfielder has managed just two Premier League appearances all season, failing to even make a Premier League squad in Tottenham’s last five league games. However, his display could tempt Jose Mourinho against Chelsea on Sunday.

Asked if he believes Alli’s performance on Thursday night could be a turning point for the under-fire star, Sutton responded by suggesting it could – urging Alli to rediscover the consistency that has gone missing from his game.

“I’d like to think so [this could be a turning point], Mourinho has played it down to him – we know there is a player in there, but for the last couple of seasons he has been inconsistent. He needs to get back to the level he was previously at,” Sutton said.
 
Tottenham Hotspur v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad: Group J - UEFA Europa League

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TBR’s view – Alli needs a chance, but Chelsea game is too important

If Alli is to show he is ready to shine in the Premier League again, he needs a chance. He needs a start in the Premier League and if he impresses in said game, then he can start to look at being more of a regular under Mourinho.

Chelsea is a crucial game, though. It requires Mourinho’s strongest line-up right now, while Alli is more of an experiment. LASK are the opponents next Thursday, then it is a north London derby against Arsenal.

But continuing to impress in the next two Europa League games before Christmas will give Mourinho the assurances he needs to start against a lesser opponent in the Premier League – perhaps against Crystal Palace on December 13.
Royal Antwerp v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Europa League

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