Glenn Hoddle says one Spurs player is 'nowhere near' the level he used to be
Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle believes that Spurs midfielder Dele Alli is “nowhere near the player” he used to be at present.
The 25-year-old was a regular starter for Tottenham and for England, but this season hasn’t gone to plan for him.
Alli struggled for game time under former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho and was reportedly close to moving to PSG on loan in the January transfer window.
He has also dropped out of Three Lions contention, with Gareth Southgate omitting him from his last few squads.
Although Alli has featured more regularly under interim boss Ryan Mason, Hoddle doesn’t think he’s quite ready to return to the international fold.
“He hasn’t done enough yet no,” he told the Glenn Hoddle Footy Show podcast.”I don’t think so.
“I think that if we had one player unfit, if Grealish breaks down, Maddison is another one who’s ahead of him who has injury problems, if Foden, god forbid, got injured then you’ve got Mount and Lingard, and is he ahead of Lingard?”
“There’s a lot ahead of him. For me, he’s got to get his head down in the summer, there’s a player in there waiting to come back out again, for whatever reason, we don’t know, but he’s nowhere near the player he was a couple of years ago. He’s got to retain the ball better, and he’s doing that now.”
It’s a shame how things have gone for Alli in the past 18 months, and his loss of form and struggle for game time at club level has coincided with a bevy of midfield and attacking talents breaking through for England.
It’s extremely unlikely that Alli will feature at the Euros, but hopefully if all goes well he can return to the fold and potentially win a spot in the 2022 World Cup squad – as Hoddle says though, he’s got to get his head down in the summer.
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