After another disappointing night for Dele Alli on Thursday, Jason Cundy has suggested that he should possibly leave Tottenham on loan to try rediscover his best form again.
Spurs were beaten 1-0 away to Belgian side Royal Antwerp on Thursday night in the Europa League group stages and manager Jose Mourinho made four substitutions at half-time to signal his frustration.
Alli, who has struggled for minutes so far this season, was given just his sixth appearance of the campaign and he was one of the individuals that were removed at half-time.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder was unable to make the impact he would have wanted on the pitch and looks like someone without any confidence right now.
His £5million (BBC) signing from MK Dons back in 2015 was a genius transfer at the time and he spent several years under ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino as a star in the Premier League, but his career has taken a backwards step in the last year.
Cundy discussed the Englishman after his latest performance and suggested a possible loan exit could be the best step for him right now.
“Send him out on loan in January. Go and play football, go and find the Dele Alli that we saw in 2016-2018, when not only was he a starter for Spurs but he was in England’s best team. He’s nowhere near England squad,” Cundy told talkSPORT (10:20pm, 29 October).
It looks like it’s a long way back now for Alli to break back into the XI, as his European performance did him no favours on a night where so many individuals were below par and he as already out of favour with Mourinho going into the match.
He’s clearly a talent that has 37 international caps for England and is a former two-time PFA Young Player of the Year, which is why he’s certainly not a lost cause aged 24.
A loan move for the second half of the season isn’t the craziest suggestion, but it would be a huge step in his career and he needs to try everything to get back into the fold during the course of the next couple of months.