Tottenham fans have been expressing their concerns on social media, after Jose Mourinho replaced Moussa Sissoko with Gedson Fernandes, rather than Dele Alli, before the Newcastle United game.
Sissoko had to pull out of the matchday squad due to illness, and it was Portuguese midfielder Gedson who was the man to replace the 31-year-old.
It was interesting that Mourinho did not turn to Alli, who was again left out of the squad.
The 24-year-old was recently not selected for the games against Southampton and Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
Speculation has been mounting over the player’s future, with Paris Saint-Germain having been linked in recent weeks.
Mourinho failing to bring Alli in to replace Sissoko is surely only going to increase speculation about his future.
Alli, of course, enjoyed a fabulous first couple of seasons at Spurs following his move from MK Dons, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award back-to-back in 2015/16 and 2016/17.
In recent times though his form has dipped. He enjoyed a good couple of months when Mourinho first replaced Mauricio Pochettino, but 2020 has brought about more struggles for the star.
Spurs fans on social media couldn’t believe Mourinho had picked Gedson to replace Sissoko rather than Alli, with some feeling sorry for the 37-cap England international:
Wow Gedson picked over Dele to replace Moussa Sissoko. It’s not looking great for Dele is it… https://t.co/RI8DmRN8a9
— The Spurs Express (@TheSpursExpress) September 27, 2020
Mourinho is clearly sending a message. Just really hard to interpret what it is.
— A K (@_aartem) September 27, 2020
Gedson over Dele? Really?
— AR (@adhithya35) September 27, 2020
I get Dele has been poor, I get Jose is trying to get a response but to leave him out of the Squad and promote Gedson is pure incompetence. An average Dele is still on a different planet than Gedson#COYS #THFC #TOTNEW
— Jack Law (@CustardCreamz) September 27, 2020
I was gonna say I’m not worried about Dele’s omission; Spurs have 3 more games this week, after all. But José bringing in Gedson as the 19th man over Dele is telling.
— Cincy Sons (@CincinnatiSpurs) September 27, 2020
I do think it’s a bit out of order how Jose has picked Gedson over Dele to be in the squad
— N A T H (@Nath_THFC) September 27, 2020
I havent indulged in any criticism of the dele situation tbh, I feel like he had it coming but the hope is always that there is a path to redemption
That said, gedson over him on the bench is absolutely shambolic and a step too far.
— General Burkinshaw (@TsideSpurs) September 27, 2020