Kieron Dyer has hammered Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho during BBC Live’s coverage of Spurs’ 2-1 win over Brighton (Sunday, 18.27pm) for his treatment of midfielder Dele Alli – suggesting it is impossible for Alli to impress.
Spurs climbed to a lofty second place in the Premier League table on Sunday afternoon with a narrow victory over Brighton. Harry Kane scored a penalty, before Gareth Bale came off the bench to score his first goal since returning to Spurs.
The win saw Spurs continue to shine, despite failing to keep a clean sheet. Graham Scott was advised to look at the monitors after Tariq Lamptey scored, but for the first time, Scott chose to ignore VAR’s advice.
Former West Ham and England midfielder Dyer discussed Alli and Mourinho’s treatment of the England ace – with the £100,000-a-week (Spotrac) star failing to even make the bench against Brighton. It was the seventh omission in 13 games.
“If you’re Dele Alli and you know the manager is against you, you’re already on edge knowing that if you’re not perfect, you’re coming off at half-time,” Dyer said. “How are you supposed to perform like that?”
TBR’s view – Is Alli being unfairly left out of the side?
As Dyer said, it is hugely tricky in trying to catch the eye despite lacking in game time and momentum. If Spurs are to give Alli the chance to rediscover his best form, then he needs to be given regular game time – week in, week out.
But Spurs may not have that time to give Alli a chance to return to his best. Alli, at his best, starts for Spurs. But with his need for game time likely to go unfilled, surely a loan move is best for the ex-MK Dons star?