Daniel Levy wants Dele Alli to stay but January represents opportunity for Spurs star to get further playing time

Daniel Levy wants Dele Alli to stay but January represents opportunity for Spurs star to get further playing time

No room for Alli

Dele Alli has not played a game for Spurs since a 1-0 loss to Antwerp in the Europa League last month, in which he was hooked at half-time. In the Premier League, his last showing came during a 6-1 win over Manchester United, when the English international managed 21 minutes in a cameo appearance.

Tottenham’s ensuing 4 league games have seen Alli not even included in the club’s squad. Jose Mourinho has assured that this is down to the depth at his disposal, with Alli simply down the attacking pecking order in north London.

The Spurs boss explained why he opted to snub Alli for his side’s demolishing of Southampton:

“We have a huge squad,” he said. “We have a squad with huge numbers that is very difficult to manage. It’s not easy to be here with 18 players and to have ten in the training ground. Too many players.”

Levy wants Alli

The reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic has shed some light on Alli’s situation, and why he has found it difficult to move on.

Speaking on the ‘Ask Ornstein’ show, he explained: “PSG had a number of loan approaches knocked back by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who really likes Dele and wants him to stay.”

“I think they all agreed that they’d try to make this work out, but it hasn’t and isn’t working out. There’s been no bust up or fall out, but it feels like he doesn’t suit Jose Mourinho’s structure.”

When it comes to Alli’s potential destinations, PSG represent an opportunity to continue playing at the highest level and in Europe. Thomas Tuchel’s side could also do with offensive reinforcement. However, if Alli has aspirations of securing a spot in the England squad for the European Championships in 2021, remaining in the Premier League may offer a more likely route.

“It leads me to feel that Dele Alli will want to move in January, it’s just about whether or not it’s on loan or permanent,” Ornstein added.

“If it’s a club at Tottenham’s level or lower, you probably think it will be permanent, because if you went there on loan and it didn’t work out well, there’s possibly no way back. But if it was a so-called bigger club like a PSG then a loan would be suitable.”

Spurs are set to take on Manchester City this weekend, before hosting Ludogorets in the Europa League. The likelihood is that Alli could feature in the latter of these fixtures.


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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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