Dele Alli has been tipped to spurn the chance to leave Tottenham this summer and will very much become a key figure again after the departure of Jose Mourinho.
Alli suffered a lack of game time under Mourinho, often not making the squad at all this season. However, the 25-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.
Despite that, his career has stuttered badly over the last 18 months and has been strongly linked with moves away. PSG came close to landing Alli in January before Daniel Levy backtracked and rejected their advances. The midfielder has also been tipped to become a target for Aston Villa and Everton this summer too.
However, Paul Robinson insists Mourinho’s departure has changed the balance for Alli. He reckons the midfielder will now spurn any exit route and will thrive again under whoever his appointed as the Portuguese’s successor.
“It’s a completely different situation now Ryan Mason’s come in. I think we’ll see him play a lot more between now and the end of the season.
“I wouldn’t read too much into him being on the bench for the last couple of games.
“Players like Alli and Harry Winks, those who were left out in the cold to a certain extent, we’ll see them more.
“I still think they’ve got a very big part to play at the club.”
Nagelsmann hopes suffer blow
Meanwhile, Tottenham’s prospects of appointing Julian Nagelsmann as Mourinho’s successor have suffered a blow.
The highly-rated German coach is Daniel Levy’s top target to replace the Portuguese, according to reports.
German journalist Manuel Bonke of Munich-based newspaper Tz, says the Bundesliga giants have initiated talks with Leipzig. Goal also report Bayern Munich are keen on 33-year-Nagelsmann.
The Independent also carry the story that Bayern and Nagelsmann have started preliminary talks. They also suggest Nagelsmann has “told Leipzig he wants to leave” for his dream job in Bavaria.
The young coach has gone on record saying he “does not want to go to war” with Leipzig. However, the Red Bull empire are apparently resigned to losing him.
As such, The Independent claims discussions are underway over a world-record compensation package of £26m to take him to Bavaria.