Tottenham have decided not to loan or sell Dele Alli in January and expect him to stay and fight for his place in the second half of the season.
Dele has apparently completely lost the faith of Jose Mourinho and has managed less than half an hour of Premier League action since day one of the season, when he was substituted at half-time in the defeat to Everton .
90 mins learned in December that the midfielder was keen on an exit, as he looked to play regular football with a view to returning to the England squad for this summer’s European Championship. It was believed he had not seen a return to the Spurs squad under Mourinho, who prefers Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso in advanced midfield roles.
At the time, it was understood that Mourinho and Daniel Levy were open to an exit, with Paris Saint-Germain being the main contenders to sign him.
But while the nomination by the French champions of former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino last week only intensified discussions over a January decision, Sky Sports now claim the north London club have “ decided not to ”let him go and see his immediate future at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It is not known if Dele’s position has changed, but Spurs accept the reality of a hectic second half of the season and believe he may be forced to play a role. This doesn’t exactly mean good news for their pursuit of Marcel Sabitzer, who Mourinho would see as a direct replacement for Dele.
The 24-year-old has not played for Spurs since the 3-1 victory over Stoke City in the Carabao Cup, after which Mourinho has been very critical of his role in the Potter’s equalizer.
“Yes [I was angry with Alli]”He said after the game.” For me, a player who plays in this position is a player who has to create bonds and not create problems for his own team. In this situation, an objective counterattack would likely end with a goal, and it would end with a counterattack behind our defenders. “
The Portuguese continued: “We were off balance because when you’re in possession you have full-backs on the sidelines and another midfielder in a different line and they caught us in a counterattack and they turned the result of the match which was totally in our hands, so yes I’m upset. “
He has been on the bench in both league games since and it remains to be seen if he will have the chance to regain his manager’s confidence.