Premier League Speaks out about Portuguese coach
Former Liverpool and Real Oviedo striker Stan Collymore has hit out at Jose Mourinho, following the omission of Dele Alli in the Tottenham Hotspur squad against Sheffield United.
The midfielder has been surplus to requirements for Mourinho‘s Spurs side so far this season, following the return to form of Tanguy Ndombele and the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton.
“For Dele Alli, being left out of Tottenham‘s matchday squad against Sheffield United on Sunday with Gedson Fernandes preferred on the bench was the final insult,” Collymore wrote for the Daily Mirror.
“Alli may be a lot of things but a bad pro isn’t one of them. You may think he hasn’t kicked on; you may believe he’s lazy in training; you may believe he’s off to pastures new.
“But if you think someone who has been a serious player in Spurs‘ best team of a generation deserves the indignity of having someone who has done absolutely nothing for the club in front of him on the bench then you need to give your head a wobble, it’s almost unforgivable from Jose Mourinho.
“We’ve spoken about Alli being an overgrown kid and I stand by that, and Mourinho sees him every day in training and obviously sees something he doesn’t like, but I’m yet to see something that Alli has done that would put him in the ‘treat him with utter disrespect category’, and that’s what makes this treatment of him disgraceful.
“Usually, a manager would just say to a player, ‘Look, fella, you’re not my type, have a word with your agent, and if we can get this money for you, you can go.'”
With just 12 days left in the January transfer window, it remains to be seen whether or not Dele Alli will still be a Tottenham player come February, but his recent demise will be giving his chances of playing for England at Euro 2020 a severe knock.