Chris Sutton has told BBC Radio 5 Live’s 606 that Tottenham star Dele Alli’s “days are numbered” at Spurs, under Antonio Conte. Dele was an unused substitute during the late 1-0 win over Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Davinson Sanchez finally broke the deadlock deep into injury time at Vicarage Road. Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and plenty of others had missed golden chances for Antonio Conte’s side – while Eric Dier might have won a penalty.
Dele, 25, started against Liverpool and was excellent – before putting in a decent shift against Southampton. But in between those two matches, he has now remained an unused substitute against Palace and Watford.
With the January window underway, it is believed that the club are willing to ‘listen to offers’ for the 37-time England star – according to ESPN. A move to Newcastle has been touted, but Dele’s stance is unclear. Sutton had his say.
“I think his days are numbered, in regards to his Tottenham career. I don’t know whether he has lost his hunger,” Sutton said, when asked what he felt has happened to Dele by a Tottenham fan on 606.
Like Mauricio Pochettino did in the managerial hotseat, Dele has become stale at Spurs. While there are glimpses of magic, sending reminders to all watching on that he is capable of his early-career form, he needs to go.
A mid-table Premier League side would love a player like Dele. Newcastle, an Everton, a Crystal Palace, even a Leicester perhaps. A move abroad might not be out of the question. But whether he even moves at all, remains to be seen.