Tottenham: Mourinho gives Alli update amid PSG links
Tottenham star Dele Alli has responded to Harry Redknapp and Paul Merson’s criticism of Spurs boss Jose Mourinho. Alli has not started a Premier League match since the opening day of the season. The England international wanted to leave in the January transfer window, with Paris Saint-Germain interested in taking him on loan.
However, Tottenham blocked the move because they were unable to bring in a suitable replacement for Alli.
Spurs have won just two of their last nine Premier League matches and seen their title hopes go up in smoke in recent weeks.
Ex-Tottenham manager Redknapp and former Arsenal star Merson both believe Alli should be playing more regularly under Mourinho.
And Alli has responded by liking two videos on Twitter of Redknapp and Merson giving their opinion.
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Redknapp believes it is Mourinho’s job to get the best out of Alli again.
“With Dele Alli, why not get him back on board?” he said on talkSPORT.
“Sort him out, that’s your job. Get him playing again. What’s his problem?
“The kid was one of the best players in the country two years ago. You’ve got to find a way. He’s still only a young boy. Get him playing again.
“Don’t just discard people, get them playing. That’s your job.
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“Make them feel important, make them feel like they’ve got something to offer, get them back to where they were.”
Speaking ahead of Monday’s deadline, Merson admitted he was bemused by Alli’s situation and could not understand why he was not allowed to leave if he was not in Mourinho’s plans.
“I don’t know what’s going on with Dele Alli,” Merson told Sky Sports News.
“I watched Tottenham last night and how he doesn’t get in that team at the moment is beyond me.
“I don’t know what goes on at the training ground, but he has to play in that team – especially with Harry Kane injured.
“No one was running off the ball, and Alli when he’s at his best, he makes those runs and is a good finisher.
“I watched them against Brighton and they were just static. If he plays against Chelsea [on Thursday], you hold your hands up and understand why he isn’t being allowed to go to PSG.
“Otherwise, I feel for the lad as he has got the chance to play for PSG – a massive club – and he wants to play.
“Spurs are saying they need to replace him… but they might as well take me if he’s going to just sit on the bench for the next three or four months.
“The lad’s got to play. On his day, he’s a special player and he’s one of the best talents in this country when he’s on his game.”
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