Ex-Tottenham midfielder: What Dele Alli is lacking this season
Danny Murphy says Dele Alli hasn't looked to hide on the pitch despite Tottenham star's lack of goals
Dele Alli has struggled to find his goal-scoring form for Tottenham Hotspur this season, former Spurs captain Danny Murphy has admitted.
The England international scooped the PFA young player of the year award in April 2016 after Alli helped Tottenham to challenge Leicester City for the Premier League title throughout the 2015-16 campaign.
The 20-year-old scored a remarkable 10 times in 33 games in his first season in the English top flight after the north London side signed the attacking midfielder in a £5m deal from MK Dons in the 2015 summer transfer window.
However, Alli has struggled to replicate his goal-scoring heroics this season after a disappointing return of four goals in 16 appearances in the Premier League.
While Murphy admits that Alli’s finishing in front of goal has been disappointing, the former Tottenham man is impressed with the England international’s bravery.
“The only thing that he has lacked compared to last year is accurate finishing but I have not seen him hide once. Even if he misses a couple of chances, he will continue to make the same runs until he takes one of them,” Murphy told Evening Standard.
“That probably sounds easier than it is. Even experienced players struggle with it sometimes. If things aren’t working for you, it’s hard to tell yourself to keep at it. I used to have chats with myself during games if things were going badly… ‘Go and get the ball, make something happen’.”
Tottenham are in fifth place in the Premier League table following back-to-back victories over Swansea City and Hull City ahead of their trip to Southampton on Wednesday evening.