Dele Alli dropped a disasterclass as Spurs’ hopes of qualifying for Europe were dealt a damaging blow on Wednesday evening.
The North London outfit were well beaten by Aston Villa after they came from behind to clinch a 2-1 victory in front of 10,000 supporters at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
A lot of the talk will be surrounding Harry Kane’s future, given it may have been his last ever home Premier League match for Spurs, and there will also be plenty of chatter about who will take the vacant managerial role but this display may have just shown the size of the task at hand for whoever comes in.
The result was comically summed up by Sergio Reguilon’s disastrous own goal in the 20th minute as he sliced an attempted clearance past a helpless Hugo Lloris but Spurs deserved very little throughout the 90 minutes and the Spanish left-back is not the only man at fault for the overall result.
Instead, there were players like Alli, who were hiding when it really counted. His abysmal performance in the no.10 role certainly contributed towards their profligacy in front of goal.
Spurs could only muster up ten shots all game, whilst the visitors doubled that with ease.
The 25-year-old midfielder had just one of those attempts and when in possession, did very little to warrant his presence on the pitch throughout the entire encounter.
As per SofaScore, Alli pulled off just one of five dribbling attempts, struggling to combat the tough-tackling Marvelous Nakamba and the industrious John McGinn in the engine room.
The £26m-rated dynamo also lost the ball more than any other player, losing possession a whopping 21 times, meaning every four minutes he gave the ball back to Villa – or once every 3.6 touches.
Furthermore, Alli’s struggles were further seen by him winning just five of his 19 battles (26%), whilst he was also dribbled past five times – two more times than anyone else on the pitch, which speaks volumes on how lightweight and weak he was.
You can forget the poor performances from Reguilon, as well as Kane. Alli may have just badly betrayed the trust of interim boss Ryan Mason, who selected his former teammate to start his fourth successive league game for the very first time this campaign and Alli did not repay his manager’s faith by putting in an all-action performance.
He’ll be lucky to start their season-ending and crucial encounter against Champions League-chasing Leicester City on Sunday, that’s for sure.