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Exclusive: Windass urges Tottenham star to make Villa switch

Dean Windass has urged Dele Alli to prove his doubters wrong by linking up with Aston Villa.

Alli made just 29 appearances last season, with his minutes limited after failing to impress then-Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho.

Having played an integral part as England reached the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Alli has been forced to watch the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 campaign unfold on television as his lack of Premier League action resulted in him no longer being considered by national team manager Gareth Southgate.

Alli has been overtaken by the likes of Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Champions League-winning Chelsea attacking midfielder Mason Mount and Arsenal playmaker Bukayo Saka in the race for a regular starting spot for England.

Jack Grealish has also made a telling contribution at Euro 2020 following an impressive campaign at Aston Villa.

Former Hull City striker Windass feels £100,ooo-a-week man Alli would benefit from walking away from Spurs, despite the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach, and joining forces with Grealish at Villa Park ahead of the new Premier League season.

Windass, speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, said: “The new manager might want to keep Dele Alli, but I don’t think Harry Kane will be staying so their main focus will be trying to get another centre forward quickly.

“I think Dele would fit in well at Aston Villa and he needs to start playing again. He needs to start being a bit more confident as well because it does demoralise you when you don’t play and the manager doesn’t rate you.

“If a manager doesn’t like you, they don’t like you. There’s nothing you can do about it. You just have to move on and prove to the manager that they shouldn’t have let you go. That’s what Dele Alli has got to do, I think.”