Patrick Bamford has told the Leeds United podcast that Dele Alli told him after Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 win over the Whites last weekend that he is hoping he gets to play against non-league side Marine AFC in the FA Cup.
Marine are currently in the seventh tier of English football in the Northern Premier League, but as is the magic of the FA Cup, they play host to Premier League title-chasing Tottenham on Sunday evening.
Dele, 24, has been in and out of the side. He has managed just four Premier League appearances this season, starting the first game of the season before being hooked at half-time, while coming on as a sub three times.
The 37-time England international is being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain following the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino. Dele played with Bamford at MK Dons, and told the Leeds striker he is hoping to play.
“I was speaking to Dele after the Spurs game,” Bamford said. “He was saying, hopefully he will play this weekend. They’re playing against Marine FC or something.”
TBR’s view – Surely Alli gets a chance on Sunday?
Spurs are expected to be much-changed when it comes to Sunday’s outing, but Jose Mourinho will be more than aware about the magic of the FA Cup and that will reflect when it comes to picking his Spurs side.
Dele should be handed a start – given his experience of lower league football in England. He knows the FA Cup. But for players such as Carlos Vinicius, should Mourinho risk a player that is unaware of what could happen?