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According to The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has hired a nutritionist and scaled back all commercial activities in a bid to get back to his best, as the penny appears to have finally dropped for the 23-year-old.
The Mirror says the England international – who was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria – is now on a strict diet to try and overcome the muscle injuries that have plagued him over the previous 18 months or so.
Four hamstring issues during that period showed that something was right and that a change needed to be made, with the former MK Dons man now cutting out all sugar, according to the report, as well as taking up yoga.
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Alli will be hoping it helps him get back to the form and fitness he was showing when he scored 22 goals and provided a further 13 assists in 50 appearanaces in all competitions during the 2016/17 campaign for example, and when he had that arrogant swagger that has been missing for so long.
There is no doubt that the current season has been a tough one for player, who earns £100,000-a-week according to The Daily Mail, with him playing just 264 minutes of football to date, according to Transfermarkt.
Injury played a part at the very start, but since he has been fit he has played just 30 minutes in the Premier League – all against Arsenal – and was left out of the squad altogether against Leicester City having started against Olympiacos a few days earlier.
He was also part of the side that was thrashed 7-2 at home by Bayern Munich, picking up what was actually a respectable 5/10 rating in the circumstances from Football London, compared to some of his teammates.
The Englishman visibly is a shadow of the man who was so influential in the final third previously for Tottenham, and it is a positive for him that he has made changes to try and get back to where he was, because boy do Mauricio Pochettino’s men need an in-form Alli back right now.