Jamie O’Hara claims that current Tottenham star Dele Alli can go missing in games and has urged the club to get more out of him.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has become a key player at Spurs since he joined from MK Dons in 2015 and is also an England regular too.
He’s played 184 games for the North London club, scoring 53 goals and supplying 49 assists in return.
But the creative playmaker did see his standards slip slightly last season, with seven goals and eight assists in 38 games matches across all competitions.
The goalscoring midfielder is yet to feature this campaign due to injury and will be hoping to recapture his best dazzling form when he’s back fit.
Ex-Spurs midfielder O’Hara wants to see Alli more involved and feels he should set new targets after his rapid rise up the leagues.
“You’ve got to look at him, you need to get more out of him. How do I get more out of Dele Alli as a manager, and as a club?” O’Hara told talkSPORT.
“He has to start setting new targets and new goals. You can’t sit in the comfort zone.
“Potentially he’s still going to be one of Tottenham’s best players that will be at the club for a long, long period of time, but they have to find a way to get more out of him and develop him. For me he plays on the cusp of games, he’s in and out too much.”
Alli would probably admit that he wasn’t quite at his best throughout the campaign, but still delivered a healthy amount of goals and players are allowed a slight dip.
It’s certainly not the right time to criticise him considering he’s not kicked a ball this term and manager Mauricio Pochettino has always shown great faith in him.
The extra competition for places in the Spurs team this season could bring the best out of Alli when he returns and there is no doubting he’s a talented individual.