Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, made the big call at the weekend to leave out Dele Alli, as his Spurs side romped to a 5-2 victory against Southampton.
The Spurs boss made the call to leave out the England international, much to the shock of a number of supporters and apparently, the Spurs squad.
That call from Mourinho coincided with reports linking Alli with a move away. PSG are said to be monitoring the situation ahead of making a potential move for the former MK Dons prodigy.
Alli has had a superb career with Tottenham thus far. Goals, assists, surging runs from deep, all things which have become synonymous with the midfielder. It is, then, somewhat something of a surprise to see Mourinho considering letting Alli go.
However, based on the weekend’s display and the addition of Gareth Bale, is Mourinho justified in moving Alli to one side?
Still a class-act in management, Mourinho was proven right on this occasion at least
Of course, it’s easy to sit here now and say Mourinho made the right call. The same can be said with the substitution of Ndombele for Lo Celso, in that it worked out a treat.
But there’s also a case to be made that this might have been Mourinho’s plan all along. Getting Bale over the line is a massive coup for the club and, in a nutshell, means the front three will now pick itself, with Kane, Son and Bale set to be the trio.
From deeper, Harry Winks has cemented his place, while Lo Celso looks a class act. Add to that the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and suddenly, Alli finds himself down the pecking order.
Mourinho has since stated that Alli can contribute this season still. But with the wheels already in motion it seems and Mourinho having his ego fed thanks to the weekend’s result, it could mean Alli’s time is up.
A change could do everyone good, though. So, for the sake of Alli – and England – a switch to mainland Europe might just be the best-case scenario all around here.