Former Tottenham captain Graham Roberts has exclusively told Football FanCast that Dele Alli can still become world class, but reckons his lack of effort in training saw him clash with the now-departed Jose Mourinho.
Alli was a regular during Mourinho’s early days at Spurs, but has hardly been used all season since being dropped from the squad following the opening-day defeat to Everton.
That first-half against the Toffees and three other brief appearances from the bench were the midfielder’s only Premier League outings until February, with Alli’s main involvement coming in the Europa League.
He did come back into the frame during Mourinho’s final few months, but never appeared part of the Portuguese’s long-term plans.
Despite his lack of minutes throughout this season, Roberts has backed Alli to reach his full potential at Tottenham.
He told Football FanCast:
“I still think he is going to be world class. It’s going to take a little while now because people have doubts about him.
“I think it’s to do with his training – he’s not the best trainer. I played with players and we’ve all been in those days where we aren’t the best trainers but on a Saturday you scored goals, but Mourinho wouldn’t have that.”