Dele Alli has become one of Tottenham Hotspur’s biggest enigmas. How can a key member of the first team find themselves in another depression?
It comes after Sportsmail revealed Tuesday night that the midfielder would be left out of the Spurs squad when they travel to Burnley in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
However, Dele is not injured, and he is certainly not rested, having not played a single minute of the Premier League in any of the club’s last three games.
Dele Alli’s Tottenham Hotspur future is unclear after being turned away for a trip to Burnley
Dele has been left out of Nuno Espirito Santo’s team before the fourth round tie of the Carabao Cup
Aside from second-team appearances in the European Conference League, he has effectively become a forgotten man since being substituted at halftime when Spurs were 3-0 down to bitter rivals Arsenal last month. .
Dele’s Tottenham career at least seemed to get back on track as he started the first six games of the season, even scoring a penalty for a 1-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Although it was a mixed bag of results (three wins, three losses), the midfielder looked energetic on the field and certainly didn’t cut into a player’s body language just by making the moves.
But the spark that saw him dazzle in an attack with a peak from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen under Mauricio Pochettino during his prime years between 2015 and 2018 seems a long time ago.
With Nuno, Dele had started Tottenham’s first six league games, scoring against the Wolves.
But he’s still seen a long way from his heyday when he starred alongside Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, the trio shown above in a 2018 FA Cup semi-final against Man Utd.
Many blame the arrival of José Mourinho for Dele’s rapid decline, but he has not taken a good look at Tottenham since he starred in England’s race to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, and especially since he returned from a thigh injury that suffered in early 2019 that retained him. out for two months.
It coincides with Tottenham’s alarming fall in the Premier League during that period that began in the last 11 months of Pochettino’s reign, so this is more than Dele still trying to overcome Jose’s hangover.
In fact, one could argue that it was with Mourinho that Dele has played his best football in the last three years. He was arguably Tottenham’s best player at the start of the Portuguese’s tenure – he scored three times and provided as many assists in just four games.
However, it did not last and its form diminished. After being substituted in the opening day loss to Everton last season, he was effectively banished from Mourinho’s plans in the Premier League.
Dele has struggled for the past three years, but enjoyed the start of José Mourinho’s tenure
However, he soon fell out of favor with the Portuguese, leading to his omission from the side.
Mourinho even wanted to transfer Dele to Paris Saint-Germain in January only for President Daniel Levy to object to any kind of transfer, despite the now-contentious relationship between the couple.
Even in the Conference League this period has failed to produce anything close to a performance that would make him worthy of a starting XI spot in the Premier League. After all, if you can’t stand out among some of the weakest teams in Europe that would fight in the top flight of England, where are you going to shine?
But instead of giving up Dele, Nuno has claimed that he wants to help the midfielder find his best form.
He said last week: ‘All the players in our squad, we have to realize that during their careers there are ups and downs,’ said Nuno. “It’s my job to try to get the best out of them,” Dele included.
Dele has not played a minute in the Premier League since being substituted at half-time against Arsenal in Tottenham’s humiliating defeat in the North London derby at the Emirates Stadium last month.
Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo has stated that he wants to help Dele get back to his best level
‘I do not look individually when I judge them, I am very fair. Dele started very well in the competition and now he is not in his best moment so it is up to us to take him back in the best moment he can.
“He is working hard, he is committed, so we have to support him and find the right solutions to give him confidence and to have him back in the best possible way.”
In truth, very few Tottenham players have seen themselves as star players in what has been a rocky start with Nuno since his arrival on the eve of preseason, but it appears Dele has distractions off the field as well.
Dele split from his model girlfriend of five years, Ruby Mae, in February, a move that reportedly left the midfielder “heartbroken.”
Dele was ‘devastated’ by his split from his five-year-old model girlfriend Ruby Mae
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola wins the Community Shield trophy in 2017 and his wife Cristina Serra and their children Valentina, Maria and Marius
But he’s been seeing Pep Guardiola’s daughter Maria recently, being seen earlier this month having a lunch and coffee date with her in Mayfair.
It follows five months after they were spotted kissing in a London rooftop bar in May.
Mail online contacted Dele’s representatives for comment after their Mayfair appointment, and her spokesperson said there would be no comment on her private life.
However, the midfielder has also been reported to have been in close contact with Nicole Berry, a newcomer to the reality series Made in Chelsea.
Dele has recently been spotted snuggling with Made In Chelsea newcomer Nicole Berry
Dele has been enjoying his life off the court while living near London during his time at Spurs.
In an image obtained by the Sun, Dele and Nicole held hands and snuggled together over dinner at the Sexy Fish restaurant, also in Mayfair.
Despite the nature of the image, the representatives denied a union between the couple.
As hectic as Dele’s life has been off the pitch, he must now find a way to become a regular running back as he has also stepped off the radar for a spot in the England setup.
He has not appeared since he started in the Nations League third-place win over Switzerland in June 2019 and his place in the Three Lions setup has long been overshadowed by players like Jack Grealish, Mason Mount and Phil Foden. .
But his football career has stagnated again at the club and his future is far from secure.
Once again, Dele’s career at Tottenham is stalling, but after having struggled for almost three years at the club, there comes a point where both parties have to consider what is best for both parties.
For Tottenham, firing a player who is now under three coaches, and a fourth if Ryan Mason’s spell as interim last season is included, has failed to rediscover past glories may be seen as his best option.
While Dele has enjoyed some of the benefits of living in London, his time in the country is certainly not among them at the moment. A move in January should not be ruled out as a once flourishing run in North London appears to be on a standstill again.