Arsenal legend: I love this Tottenham star but I’m worried about him
Ian Wright believes Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli needs a break
Ian Wright admits he is worried about Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.
The England international was named the PFA young player of the year last season after a spectacular first campaign in the Premier League following his move to Tottenham from League One side MK Dons in 2015.
Alli scored 10 times in 33 Premier League appearances last term as the north London outfit helped Mauricio Pochettino’s side secure a place in the Champions League by virtue of their third-placed finish.
However, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder has struggled to replicate his eye-catching form in the 2016-17 season after a return of three goals in 10 Premier League games.
Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live’s 606 show, former Arsenal striker Wright expressed his concerns about Alli.
“He is a good player. He is very direct. He needs a bit of a run to get himself going. It is a little bit worrying about Dele. I’d probably rest him for a bit,” Wright said.
“Hopefully the team would do well while he’s rested so he can see that it’s not all about him not playing well. He can learn something from that. It does help sometimes to have a break.”
Wright added: “I’m worried about Dele Alli. He hasn’t had a real good rest since he burst on the scene. I hope they manage that situation well because I love Dele Alli. He makes my heart smile.”
Tottenham finished in third place in the Premier League table last season after the north London outfit challenged Leicester City for the title throughout much of the campaign.
Spurs crashed out of the Champions League after a disappointing group-stage campaign.