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Spurs midfielder Alli anonymous against Southampton

Dele Alli was anonymous as Tottenham Hotspur fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Wednesday.

On the chalkboard

Spurs were poor in pretty much every position as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men beat them at St Mary’s.

Alli, though, was particularly awful throughout the 90 minutes.

Deployed in attacking midfield in a 4-3-2-1 formation, the England international had a total of 56 touches of the ball.

However, per WhoScored, he had just one shot on goal, and failed to complete a dribble or make a single tackle.

In fact, he was dispossessed on three separate occasions throughout the game and also committed two fouls.

He did manage one key pass but, after appearing to get back to his best at the start of Jose Mourinho’s reign as manager, he regressed on Wednesday.

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Slipping

In his first four league games as manager, Mourinho watched Alli score three goals and register three more assists.

In his last four, the England international has scored once and failed to provide an assist and his average rating has fallen off a cliff too.

Those first four matches, against West Ham United, AFC Bournemouth, Manchester United and Burnley, drew a rating of 8.04. His last four, against Chelsea, Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich City and Southampton, have drawn a rating of 6.4.

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That is quite some dip and it is a problem that Mourinho needs to solve.

We are all aware of how good Alli can be – against Bournemouth he scored twice and was genuinely unplayable – but it makes these sorts of days, when he is appalling, all the more frustrating.

With Harry Kane suffering an injury against the Saints, Spurs will have to rely on the striker’s compatriot if they are to get back to winning ways.

He can ill-afford any more displays like this.

Meanwhile, Spurs fans have reacted to a stat that has seen them best some bitter rivals. 

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