Tim Sherwood has explained that he would like to see Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho use Dele Alli in a number 10 position moving forward and insists he’s not become a bad player overnight.
The 24-year-old is a hot top of discussion at the moment after not being included in the previous two match day squads by Mourinho, plus French club Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly confident of signing him on loan this summer (Telegraph).
It’s unclear on where the English playmaker fits into the new-look side that is emerging, with new players such as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Gareth Bale likely to feature regularly.
Alli is an attacking midfielder by trade that can play in deeper central positions, but ex-Spurs boss Sherwood is adamant that he should be deployed in a number 10 position.
“Gareth Bale has come in now so where are you actually going to play Dele? Is he going to be an 8? He’s not a sitting midfield player and I think he’s best as a 10 – as a free spirit like he was under Pochettino,” Sherwood told talkSPORT.
“That’s what he’s good at, that’s what he does – score goals – and he’s still a good player. He’s not turned into a bad player overnight.”
Alli started in a free number 10 role on the opening day of the league season against Everton, but was substituted off at half-time and hasn’t kicked a ball since.
Many are discussing the drop off of the Englishman in recent years, which is clearly compared to the levels he was reaching when he first burst onto the Premier League scene.
But he now need to try break his way into the Spurs XI and it looks like he could battle with teammate Giovani Lo Celso for an attacking midfield role.
One potential issue though is that Mourinho could look to use a more solid and ridged midfield three, which could allow their top-class to cause havoc in the final third.