Jamie O’Hara admits that Tottenham’s Dele Alli has been struggling so far this season, but believes the club need to put an arm around him and remain positive.
The attacking midfielder has made just seven appearances across all competitions this campaign, scoring one goal and providing zero assists.
His club form has certainly dropped off in 2019, which has also seen him left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad during the last two international breaks.
The 23-year-old made such a colossal impact with Spurs when he first broke into the side as a lively youngster, but does need to try rediscover the spark in his game and he’s currently open to criticism.
Ex-Spurs midfielder O’Hara feels that some of the opinions on Alli are over the top.
“Some of the criticism he got after that Liverpool game I totally disagreed with. There is constructive criticism and there is just the bashing,” O’Hara told talkSPORT.
“He hasn’t been great, but he’s struggled with his injuries. He’s 23 years of age and actually against Liverpool he come back he finally started to look fit again.
“We need to put our arm around him. He’s an English player, he’s still young, he’s trying. It’s very easy for us to stick the knife into people and build them up to knock them down, but sometimes I think you need to put an arm around him.”
Alli is receiving plenty of criticism for his displays, but that’s only because he’s proven in the past his quality and is underperforming massively right now.
The English playmaker is at his best when he’s given a licence to push forward into the final third and he once scored 22 goals in a single season across all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
He has to try get back to his level, but is not the only Spurs player to suffer a dip and the team just needs to push the restart button.