Tottenham: Pundits discuss Dele Alli transfer rumours
Dele Alli and Jose Mourinho were caught by pitchside cameras being involved in a touchline spat during Tottenham’s win over Stoke on Wednesday evening. Spurs had to dig deep to advance to the Carabao Cup semi-finals with Stoke putting in a resilient performance.
Mourinho made a number of changes to the side which lost 2-0 against Leicester at the weekend, but still named a strong starting line-up against the Championship side.
Alli was named in the starting line-up for only the fifth time this season and impressed in the opening 45 minutes.
The 24-year-old looked lively as he pressed forward to aid Tottenham’s attacking threat with Gareth Bale eventually getting the game’s opening goal.
But Alli’s impact soon dwindled in the second half and he was at fault for Stoke’s equaliser when his attempted flick gave the ball away before the hosts went on to score.
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Mourinho soon brought the midfielder off with Alli clearly furious at the decision.
He could be seen taking a swing at a group of water bottles and was animated as he made his way to the stands before slouching in his chair.
But Mourinho was also clearly frustrated at Alli for his role in Stoke’s goal.
“Dele tries a flick and Mourinho says ‘your flick has cost us that goal’,” co-commentator Clinton Morrison said on BBC 5Live.
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“There’s going to be more to that. Jose is not happy.”
And the Tottenham boss confirmed after the game that he was frustrated at Alli for not helping his team.
“Yes. For me a player who plays in that position is a player that has to link and create and not create problems for his own team,” he said.
“They got us on the counter attack, so yes I was upset.”
Tottenham did eventually go on to seal the win with brilliant efforts from both Ben Davies and Harry Kane.
But Alli’s lack of game time at Tottenham has led to continued reports linking him with a move away from the club.
Paris Saint-Germain were said to be interested in signing the midfielder on loan in the summer.
And Newcastle have emerged as potential suitors heading into the January transfer window.
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