Spurs star ‘left to rot’ told he still has chance to realise dream scenario

Date published: Monday 1st March 2021 1:43 - Jonny Whitfield

Dele Alli, Carlos Vinicius, Harry Winks Tottenham v Ludogorets November 2020

Peter Crouch believes that Dele Alli could become a key part of one of the most “exciting” attacking quartets in England if he earns more Tottenham minutes.

Alli has suffered a lack of game time under boss Jose Mourinho, often not making the squad at all this season.

However, the 24-year-old has shown flashes of his talent when the chances have arisen. He starred in the FA Cup win over Marine in January and has also played a key role in the Europa League.

Indeed, he scored an overhead kick and assisted two other goals in the 4-0 win over Wolfsberger last Wednesday.

As such, former Spurs man Crouch feels that Alli should be taking action over his lack of game time, even if the reasons behind his snub remain fully unclear.

“I was at Tottenham last Wednesday and I thought Alli was superb,” the pundit wrote for the Daily Mail.

“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.”

But as Alli remained out of the limelight in the win over the Clarets on Sunday, another underused star in Gareth Bale shone.

The Welshman, who was making only his ninth Premier League appearance of the campaign, scored two goals and assisted a third as Spurs won 4-0.

As such, Crouch pointed out the dream scenario where Alli and Bale featured in a fearsome front four.

Crouch points to Alli role in quartet

Dele Alli TEAMtalk

“Gareth Bale looked like the Gareth Bale we all know against Burnley,” Crouch added.

“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.”

Spurs return to action on Thursday when they play Fulham at Craven Cottage.

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