Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli netted his first goal of the season against Watford on Saturday and performed well again against Red Star Belgrade last night.
With Christian Eriksen unable to provide his usual creative thrust, more emphasis will now fall on Alli and Stan Collymore has outlined how he can get back to the top.
In the Mirror, he said: “Dele Alli… it’s time to give him the kick up the backside he needs. He’s one of my favourite players when he’s on song and I do like the fact he’s a nice lad. That can only take you so far and he now has to get his head down and forget the clowning around if he doesn’t want to be overtaken at Tottenham and with England.
“If he even added one per cent of the nastiness of a Roy Keane or Graeme Souness it would be the start to him going on to fulfil a potential which could see him become the best midfielder of his type in Europe.”
TBR’s View – Alli can take on Eriksen’s creative mantle
One of Alli and Christian Eriksen has always been shunted out to one side together, but now the Dane has made his bed by making it quite clear he wants to leave.
That should allow Alli a free run at centre stage, getting him back into the position where he made his name, bursting in from a number ten position.
It may give Tottenham less guile from deep but should offer a greater goal threat and intensity as well as handing Alli the perfect chance to get back on his best form.