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Brad Friedel says Spurs have a top-quality talent who’s got “so much going for him”


Brad Friedel has waxed lyrical about Spurs midfielder Dele Alli, saying he doesn’t need to leave Tottenham to rediscover his form.

The 25-year-old has been a regular starter for most of his time at N17, but he has really struggled in recent years.

Last season, Alli struggled for game time under former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.

Alli also dropped out of England contention, with Gareth Southgate omitting him from his last few squads and for Euro 2020.

This season, Nuno Espirito Santo reinstated Alli back to the starting XI, and he did well initially.

However, he’s not been at his best lately, and barely made an impact against Vitesse in midweek.

Former Spurs keeper Friedel reckons Alli will opt to stay put at Spurs and work hard to rediscover his form.

“I don’t think Dele Alli is that character,” Friedel told Sky Sports.

“If Jose Mourinho had stayed with what had gone on, possibly.

“But with the new head coach coming in and being given the opportunity to impress, I don’t think so.

“It’s almost like going and signing to a new club. I think Dele has put enough money in the bank, so to speak, with regards to the supporters at Tottenham knowing that he is top quality, knowing that he can work hard, knowing that he loves the club.

“He has so much going for him at Tottenham, I don’t think he would be the type of player that needs to move somewhere to be able to resurrect his career.

“Some players definitely, especially if one head coach is still there that hasn’t been playing you for a season and then going on to the next, possibly.

“But I think there is too much talent in him to let him go and I think he is too talented a boy and too confident a boy when he gets going to need a move to another club to get up to the performance level that he should be at.”

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