Mauricio Pochettino frustrated with Tottenham chief Daniel Levy for refusing to loan out Dele Alli
The 24-year-old has fallen down the pecking order this season and has largely played a peripheral role. Alli has made just 12 appearances this season, of which just six have come as starts. Given that eight of these have come in cup competitions, it is fair to say that he does not feature very high on Jose Mourinho’s priorities. (h/t Transfermarkt)
Moreover, Mourinho too was open to the idea of Alli leaving on loan. A switch to PSG to play under Pochettino would have been ideal for the Englishman as he looked to rekindle his career.
The deal, however, fell through after Spurs failed to bring in a replacement. Tottenham were linked with a shock return for Christian Eriksen but the finances involved proved too large for comfort.
Levy’s stance is understandable given that Tottenham are still alive in all four competitions. With Giovani Lo Celso struggling with injuries, loaning out Alli without bringing in a replacement was not without risk.
The biggest loser from the fiasco is none but Alli, who now faces an uncertain future at the club. Once considered undroppable, the midfielder has looked a pale shadow of his former self under Mourinho. He will now have to wait until the summer to know just what the future holds for him.
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It was under Pochettino that Alli evolved from a promising talent into a world-class player. The Argentine is well aware of the player’s strengths and would have cherished getting the best out of him once again. However, it was not to be. Whether PSG return for Alli in the summer remains to be seen.