Alli axed from Tottenham squad for EFL Cup to put future at club in question

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has reportedly been omitted from the squad for their last-16 EFL Cup clash at Burnley on Wednesday, which has sparked fresh concerns over his future at the club.

Alli is not injured and featured in Spurs’ 1-0 defeat to Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League last week.

The 25-year-old was also left out of Sunday’s London derby defeat to West Ham, where Spurs also lost 1-0, but the midfielder was expected to play some part in the midweek cup contest.

However, according to MailOnline, Alli has not travelled with the squad for the Carabao Cup game at Turf Moor against Sean Dyche’s side.

Alli had started in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first six Premier League games in charge, and the former England ace even scored the winner against Wolves in August.

But Alli has not played a single minute in the league since being substituted at half-time during the disappointing 3-0 derby defeat against north London rivals Arsenal last month.

When asked about Alli last week, the Tottenham boss said it’s down to him to get the best out of his players, while he added that the midfielder is working hard to push his way back into the team.

"All the players in our squad, we have to realise that during their careers there are ups and downs,” he said.

"It is my job to try and make the best out of them, Dele included.

"I don't look individually when I judge them, I am very fair.

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"Dele started very well in the competition and now he is not in his best moment so it is up to us to get him back in the best moment he can.

"He is working hard, he's committed, so we have to support and find the right solutions to give him confidence so we can have him back in the best way he can."

After defeats against Vitesse and West Ham, Nuno is under pressure to prove he is the right man to lead the club forward.

Speaking ahead of the clash against Burnley, Nuno said the fixture would be like a ‘final’ for his side as he bids to win the club their first trophy since their League Cup success in 2008.

“It's going to be a tough match like we expect because Burnley is a good team but it's a good chance for us to improve, knowing that the Carabao Cup is an important competition for us,” said Nuno.

“We have to go game-by-game and then this game is a final."

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