Jamie Redknapp has backed Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli to kick his season into life after grabbing his first goal of the season in the 1-1 draw with Watford.
He said: “Amid all the VAR chaos, it felt like we forgot who scored Spurs’ equaliser. It was Alli, stylishly putting the ball into the back of the net for the 43rd time in his career. Add his 29 assists, and he has been involved in 72 goals in the top flight. Too many have been quick to judge Alli.
“There seem to be a lot of short memories out there. Not so long ago, this was one of Europe’s most highly-rated midfield talents, being linked with the likes of Real Madrid. He should not be written off, like some sort of one or two-season wonder.”
TBR’s View – Perhaps Alli has had the wake-up call he needed
There’s nothing quite like a young English player getting built up in the early part of his career only for him to be battered from all angles when things aren’t going right.
Alli’s standards had been dropping, but as Redknapp says, it’s easy to forget how young he is. Perhaps the lack of competition with Tottenham and England had allowed him to slip into a comfort zone.
But being dropped from Gareth Southgate’s squad, when the likes of Fabian Delph were initially called up, should have given him a wake-up call.
If Saturday’s goal was anything to go by, it has. He is now on the back foot in terms of going to Euro 2020 but has the talent to force his way back into a midfield setup that is desperate for a reliable creator.