Alli should not be ‘left to rot’ at Spurs, says Crouch

Date published: Monday 1st March 2021 2:29 - Lewis Oldham


Dele Alli would have been left feeling “totally deflated” after not starting for Tottenham against Burnley on Sunday, says Peter Crouch.

The 2020/21 campaign has been a tough one for the midfielder. He looked set to leave in January, with a loan move to PSG on the table. But he ended up staying at Tottenham for the rest of the season.

Alli has only made one Premier League start this campaign. That came in the opening weekend of the season as Spurs lost 1-0 to Everton.

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Overall the England international has made 18 appearances this season. He has three goals and four assists.

His form has picked up of late, as he got a goal and two assists against Wolfsberger AC last week in the Europa League.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, Crouch claimed that Alli would have been “frustrated” that he did not start against Sean Dyche’s side:

“I was at Tottenham last Wednesday and I thought Alli was superb. He had a glint in his eyes, he looked hungry and a class above.

“Yes, he was playing opponents who were average but his quality shone through and it was a reminder of how good he can be.

“So I could understand why he would have been frustrated yesterday.

“He hasn’t featured in nine of Tottenham’s Premier League squads this season and that is too much absence for a player of his class.

“He shouldn’t be left to rot, he shouldn’t have a career that is just drifting aimlessly.

“We aren’t privy to what is happening behind closed doors and we have to respect why Jose Mourinho is making these calls.

“But I expect Dele would have been totally deflated at being on the bench against Burnley.

“Gareth Bale looked like the Gareth Bale we all know against Burnley. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were on fire, too.

“If you add Dele into that equation, you have a front four who are as exciting as anything in the country. I hope he gets another chance.”

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