Dele Alli is slowly but surely wearing out his welcome with Mauricio Pochettino.
Gladys understands that whilst the Milton Keynes kid may be a smash hit amongst that section of of fans desperate to take someone/anyone to their hearts, yet amongst our coaching staff there’s a recurring niggle over Alli’s mentality.
The suggestion that Dele’s ‘bird’ to Bonzo was banterous is ambitious given the expression on his face as he pulled it, and these Daily Mail readers weren’t convinced much either.
The FIFA aren’t convinced it was ‘a laugh’ – spokesman said of the incident: ‘Please note that we are gathering evidence and cannot comment further at this stage.’
We were given a heads up in this blog recently when the 21 year old acted like a scalded dog after scoring against Burnley. So desperately poor was Dele’s first half performance at half time Pochettino was caused to share his dismay in the most succinct and direct way.
Alli’s typical performance is frequently a cynical affair, where he does the absolute minimum he can get away with. He very successfully distracts from this by scoring important goals. However his work rate is frequently abysmal and the suggestion that he’s a team player is laughable.
This is going to be a challenging season for Spurs and there is never any room for passengers or players that cannot conduct themselves in manner that is fit and becoming in any Premier League side.
It is pretty obvious that Alli needs further nurturing and which is handy for the boy as Pochettino is rather good at this sort of thing.
Question is, is this good news for Alli?