Dele Alli sent Jose Mourinho a four-word message as the Tottenham midfielder continues his Premier League exile. Alli has not made the matchday squad for any of Spurs’ last four league games, and has been linked with a move to Manchester United if Mauricio Pochettino is brought in to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Alli has made just two Premier League appearances for Tottenham this season, but both have been bit-part roles.
His most recent was as a second-half substitute in the 6-1 win over United at Old Trafford last month – while on his only other top-flight showing he was hooked at half-time as Mourinho’s side opened their season with a 1-0 defeat to Everton.
Other than those two games, Alli has been restricted to cameo roles in the Europa League, having played the final half-hour of the opening game against LASK, before he was again taken off at half-time against Royal Antwerp the following week.
The 24-year-old has also been overlooked by England boss Gareth Southgate, with the Three Lions facing Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland over the next week.
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And he will need a lot more first-team action if he wants to force his way back into Southgate’s plans ahead of next summer’s postponed European Championship finals.
Alli’s England snub at least presents him with an opportunity to impress manager Mourinho while most of his team-mates are away on international duty.
Tottenham’s next game is at home to Manchester City on November 21, and judging by his latest Instagram post, Alli clearly hopes to be involved in what will be a test of second-placed Spurs’ title credentials.
The midfielder shared a picture of himself training alone, along with the four-word caption “Make improvements, not excuses”.
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The post appears to indicate that Alli is not wallowing in self-pity over his Tottenham and England exile, but is instead working on his game and his fitness in a bid to get back into the reckoning for club and country.
However, if he cannot find a way back into Mourinho’s thinking, he could end up leaving Tottenham in the January transfer window in search of more game time.
Alli has been linked with a potential move to United if the club decide to part company with manager Solskjaer and replace him with Pochettino – who signed the midfielder from MK Dons IN 2015 when he was in charge of Spurs.
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