Darren Bent has tipped Tottenham manager to snub Dele Alli in his starting XI for Tuesday night’s home clash against West Ham.
Alli missed Friday’s return to Premier League action against the Red Devils through suspension, but will be available against the struggling Hammers.
However, Bent believes the England playmaker will have to settle for a place on the bench, rather than an immediate return to the starting XI.
“It’s going to be an interesting one because I think he might go with the same team,” Bent told Football Insider.
“I think Bergwijn, he’s going to play after his goal and his performance, Harry Kane, he’s not going to drop him, Son, you’re not going to drop him, so the next one is Lamela.
“You’d have to say Lamela played really, really well and to be fair, Lo Celso didn’t even start. I think Lamela might have to wait and wait.
“I think it would be a little bit unfair if Lamela was to come out. Every player deserves a fair crack and Lamela hasn’t at times hasn’t covered himself in glory. Which is why he hasn’t been a regular but when he does play well, I think he’s earned the right to get another go.”
Alli has played 35 times across all competitions for Spurs this season, with nine goals and six assists under his belt. He has also been one of the better Tottenham players since Mourinho’s arrival at the club earlier in the season.
Spurs are also expected to have the injured Lucas Moura back for the game against David Moyes’ men, although the Brazilian will likely be on the bench.
Meanwhile, pundit Paul Merson says he worries for Harry Kane’s goal record and his long-term future at Tottenham with Jose Mourinho at the helm.
Kane, who suffered a hamstring injury on New Years’ Day, made a sluggish return to action on Friday night.
The England skipper struggled to affect proceedings as Manchester United fought back to claim a point in north London.
Indeed, the result did not change Spurs‘ uphill battle to qualify for Europe next season. And Kane has already admitted that he could look to move on if the club’s ambition did not match his own.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, Merson admitted that he has long had doubts about Kane under Mourinho. Read more…