David Hytner for The Guardian isn’t alone in believing the line coming out of Spurs right now, that the club haven’t given up on Dele Alli. The proof as ever will, be in the pudding – or in this instance the quality of the offers that can be encouraged between now and the end of this winter window. Dele hasn’t played properly under Mourinho this season and this is something we have covered at some length, the answers are in the All or Nothing documentary. Even Dimitar Berbatov suggested that the boy knuckle down – yes, that was from the languid Bulgarian!
A source close to the club tells me that Spurs do not see a future for Dele Alli, and are simply seeking to create an environment whereby the player isn’t seen as devalued, because he’s surplus to requirements. As Mr Hytner points out, the 24-year-old was down to feature in the Fulham game, but against opposition perceived as tougher, Leeds United, Alli was pulled. My understanding is that there are trust issues, and Spurs want to tread carefully, in order to safeguard their interests. Additionally, Dele said to be training just fine and causing no disruption.