A Tottenham midfielder who has struggled for form and gametime since Jose Mourinho’s arrival has been told a “new challenge” may be required to revive his ailing career.
Spurs have begun to show signs of finally adapting to their Portuguese manager’s methods.
Four wins from their final six games last season helped to secure Europa League football. While Monday’s victory over Burnley sees them currently just two points off the Premier League summit in fifth.
Much of their success has been down to the superstar partnership fostered between Harry Kane and Son Heung-min,
The duo combined once again to score the only goal versus Burnley, while Gareth Bale’s gradual integration into the team will surely add more firepower.
One player who has fallen down the pecking order, however, is Dele Alli.
The England international has just 66 minutes of league action to his name this season, with recent reports registering him as a surprise target for PSG.
With Alli struggling to impress under Mourinho, Sky Sports pundit Danny Mills believes seeking a new challenge away from the club may be required to prevent stagnation in his career.
“I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Dele Alli since 2018,” Mills said on Sky’s The Football Show.
“He came off the back of a very successful World Cup and had one or two injuries before that and didn’t complete many 90 minutes that season. Sometimes it catches up.
“He’s had one or two off the field issues and his form had dipped. Nobody can argue with that, that’s just how it is.
“The only way he can get out of that is to work incredibly hard. Put the effort in on the training ground to show Mourinho and the rest of the team that he’s ready and able to step in if needed.
“If he’s not going to do that and he’s not quite feeling it, then sometimes you do need a move.
“Sometimes you need a fresh challenge and a fresh start.
“He’s been at Tottenham a long time and he’s been incredibly successful. But I think that if he doesn’t show what Mourinho wants to see between now and the end of January, he might need something different, a new challenge.
“I’m sure there’ll be plenty of takers because undoubtedly he’s still got a lot of talent. But at the moment he can’t seem to find it.”