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Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp believes that Dele Alli can be the key to the club reviving their top-four hopes, per The Sun.
Spurs currently lie 14th in the table, a staggering 11 points behind the top four.
It remains to be seen if they can bridge that gap between now and May but Redknapp believes that Alli could be a major weapon throughout the remainder of the campaign.
Indeed, he has scored against both Watford and Everton in recent games, having returned to full fitness.
He said: “Dele is striking a bit of form again.
“He is a key player for me, I’m such a fan of his. They tell me he is a great lad as well.
“He got badly criticised for his performance at Liverpool (in the 2-1 defeat) but he covered more yards than any other player by so much it was ridiculous.
“And yet he got criticised for not running or working hard after the game.
“When you looked at it he had certainly put a shift in. It’s not gone well but I think he’s a good kid and a good trainer. His form has dipped.
“He hit such high standards a year or two before. If he can get back to that form again then that would be a major boost.”
Alli has to be restored to the role where he plays so well, on the shoulder of striker Harry Kane.
Christian Eriksen has endured a difficult start to the season having registered just one assist in all competitions and it is high time that he was dropped.
The obvious replacement to the Dane, whose contract expires in the summer, is the England international.
The last full, non-injury disrupted season in which Alli was allowed to play consistently as an attacking midfielder was 2017/18 and he scored 14 goals in all competitions while providing 17 assists.
The season prior, he scored 22 goals and registered 13 assists. Eriksen can’t touch those numbers.
He has never scored more than 14 goals in a single season and Alli would also supplement the threat posed by Kane up front.
He has the ability to push up alongside him and actually give the striker the opportunity to drop off and find the ball.
It would be a win-win, providing Kane with the help to make him even more effective and subsequently increasing Spurs’ threat in the process.
If Redknapp is to be proved right, this has to happen.