Tony Cascarino has criticised Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli as Mauricio Pochettino’s side kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 2-2 draw against Olympiacos in Greece.
Spurs didn’t get going all night but found themselves 2-0 ahead thanks to a penalty converted by Harry Kane and a moment of magic from Lucas Moura before throwing their advantage away.
Alli could have won it in the second half but shot wide and in the Times, Cascarino said: “Alli is 23 and at a crossroads in his career for club and country. His performance for Tottenham against Olympiacos was flat and generally he looks a bit lost.
“He is a long way from producing the kind of fantastic displays we were seeing two or three years ago. He is just not affecting games that much. On the international scene he is at risk of being overtaken by the many young, English attacking midfielders who have arrived on the scene recently.”
TBR’s View – Alli needs to decide what he wants to be or face losing international spot
In an era where England are crying out for creative midfielders, it seems ludicrous to consider that Alli might not make the squad for Euro 2020.
But he has not been at his best on the international scene for a long time and he needs to decide what he wants to be and where he wants to play.
When he first broke into the team, he was playing as a very advanced number ten, breaking past Harry Kane to net goals on a regular basis.
He has since moved back deeper and has the physical capabilities to play a box to box role. But for as long as he remains in between different roles, he might not become a master of any.
That may cost the £100k-a-week (Spotrac) man his Tottenham place and subsequently his England berth too, with his absence not particularly keenly felt in the most recent international break.