Dele Alli & Tottenham
In truth, it’s not been the greatest of starts of the season for Dele Alli.
On paper, Alli has three goals and two assists for club and country this season. Which is hardly a bad return.
But when it’s come to the eye test, it’s clear Alli isn’t in the same form as he was last season.
That said, the England international remains one of Tottenham’s star players. And he’s often linked with a possible move from Spurs in the tabloid press.
Just a couple of days ago, for example, the front page of Spanish paper Sport claimed that Barcelona want Alli.
Cover: "Target Dele Alli" – Barcelona see the Spurs midfielder as an alternative to Coutinho and consider he'll fit into the team. [sport] pic.twitter.com/Cf6oAXGznq
— Barcastuff (@barcastuff__) October 8, 2017
It was claimed Barcelona have identified the Tottenham midfielder as an alternative to Liverpool’s Coutinho.
Barcelona think Dele Alli would fit well at the club. But the Spanish giants have a battle on their hands to get the deal done as Tottenham are already set to offer Alli a new deal to fend off interest.
The England star is under contract until 2022, but he’s on a low wage by Premier League standards.
It’s widely believed that Alli is only on £50,000-a-week at Tottenham.
Dele Alli’s dream XI
This week Dele Alli has compiled his dream XI on FIFA 18.
In a sign to fans about how much Alli loves the club, the midfielder had a large smattering of Spurs players – past and present – in his line up and on his bench.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was picked to play in attack alongside his Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane.
Alli selected himself in midfield, on the opposite flank to Barcelona’s Leo Messi.
Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal was picked with former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric in the centre of the park.
Staying with ex-Spurs men, Man City’s Kyle Walker was selected at right back.
The remaining four spots were split between Real Madrid and Bayern stars: Marcelo and Sergio Ramos got the nod, as did Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer.
Spurs trio Hugo Lloris, Danny Rose and Eric Dier were picked on the bench. As were Neymar and Chelsea’s David Luiz.
Mauricio Pochettino was given the manager’s role, of course.