Cynics will say that it was only a matter of time …but having managed not to do anything daft on the pitch for a few weeks, Dele Alli is now tipped to up recent antics with a decent attempt at achieving a massive own goal – off the pitch.
The Sun are running with a piece on the Milton Keynes Messiah, suggesting that the boy is looking to have his salary supercharged from £50,000 a week to a whopping £160,000 a week.
Sure, we’ve become somewhat used to eye-watering amounts of money in the Premier League, but as a matter of course the big amounts are paid out to the big performing players.
At Spurs, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris are the top earners, although Christian Eriksen has benefited hugely from the club’s bonus structure the big earners at Tottenham consists of three.
Gladys believes that this number is not too far off the mark at all. However Dele Alli’s situation at THFC may not be quite as rock solid as the 21 year old thinks it is.
One agent told Glad:
“He’s a talent we all know that, but he’s been off the boil, bans instead of goals. So his new rep is going in with fours years left on him wanting more than Harry Kane? That’s only going to cause friction.”
Spurs believe their default position with all players is one of fairness. The club knows that contracts need to serve and protect both parties. What Spurs do not expect is to deal with unrealistic demands from agents representing players that simply aren’t performing.
If Dele Alli genuinely believes he’s even worth the same money as Kane, then he is in dire need of a reality check.
Daniel Levy is just the man to provide him with one.