One of the most intriguing situations at Tottenham Hotspur heading into the January transfer window centres around Dele Alli, and whether he may leave the club.
Dele has been out of favour for Jose Mourinho’s side for much of the season. He has not been on the pitch for longer than an hour in a single game since September.
It remains to be seen whether there is a long-term future for Dele in North London. From the outside, it is easy to draw parallels between his situation and the one Tanguy Ndombele found himself in last season.
Ndombele has since fought his way back into the fold. And it will be very interesting to see whether Dele could emulate the Frenchman in the future.
Should his exile continue by the time January rolls around however, he will surely be tempted to consider sealing a move elsewhere.
According to a report from The Telegraph, Paris Saint-Germain made three offers to take him on loan in the summer. However, Daniel Levy snubbed those bids.
Levy may remain determined to hold onto the 24-year-old should further offers come in. But he can hardly be surprised if Dele wants a temporary move.
And perhaps that potential desire to go will only increase after hearing Kieran Trippier’s comments about his decision to join Atletico Madrid in 2019.
‘I’ve learned a lot’
The former Spurs right-back claimed – in comments reported by the Daily Star – that moving abroad has helped him, as well as several others, improve as a player.
“I feel like I’ve learned a lot from playing with my teammates, a different culture, I’ve learned a lot about myself,” he said, as reported by the Daily Star.
“I feel like it is a great opportunity and you see Jude Bellingham, Jadon Sancho, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling… I feel that it’s very good.
“Trying different leagues, the tactical approach, it’s totally different to England. To be honest, it’s benefitted my game, my awareness in games now.”
It will be interesting to see if his old Spurs teammate takes the biggest interest in Trippier’s claim. He is at a crucial stage in his career.
Dele – who earns £100,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – can hardly be considered a youngster anymore. This is the time he would have been hoping to kick on and become one of the world’s best.
He unquestionably has the ability to still enjoy an incredible career. But something certainly needs to change.