Paul Robinson has claimed that Dele Alli’s time at Tottenham is ‘going stale’ and that the player should try and find a new club sooner rather than later.
The 25-year-old was a key part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s system and started each of Tottenham’s first six matches in the Premier League. However, he fell out of favour after a lacklustre display in the north London derby loss to Arsenal – being hauled off at half-time.
Alli has since been an unused substitute in wins over Aston Villa and Newcastle. He was back in the starting XI for the Europa Conference League loss to Vitesse, but like a number of his team-mates in that game, he failed to make an impression.
With that in mind, former Spurs keeper Robinson thinks Alli needs a fresh challenge.
He told Football Insider: “I think Nuno had big plans for him when he came in. He worked with him on the training ground and gave him an opportunity at the beginning of the season. But, the fact of the matter is he is not where he needs to be.
“He hasn’t been for a long time. I don’t know whether he needs a move, some fresh surroundings but he needs re-ignite his career in some way. It looks like he’s lost his love for football. He is going stale at Spurs.
“He has not played well consistently in a long time. I think the time has come for him to move on.”
Kane backed to begin goal glut
Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo is tipping talismanic Tottenham striker Harry Kane to go on a scoring run after breaking his Premier League duck last week.
The England captain put a difficult start to the season, where he went six Premier League games without a goal, behind him to score in the 3-2 win at Newcastle last Sunday. And Nuno now believes his star man is in a “good moment” ahead of Sunday’s tough trip to London rivals West Ham.
“It was important for Harry, it was important for us,” Nuno said of his goal at Newcastle, a trademark lob over the keeper that was eventually given after a lengthy VAR check.
“We know Harry is a fantastic footballer, goals are part of his game. It will give him confidence and he is in a good moment now.”
Spurs will need Kane to be firing on all cylinders when they head to the London Stadium.
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