Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli is at a surprising point in his career.
At just 24, he finds himself rarely featuring under Jose Mourinho and as a result, has been out of the England conversation for quite some time.
He is only 24. That is so easy to forget sometimes.
Alli has played just 66 minutes in the Premier League this season with manager Jose Mourinho omitting him entirely from six of eight matchday squads.
We already know how the Special One feels about the playmaker, having labelled him “lazy” in front of the entire squad during Amazon’s All or Nothing docuseries, although he has also insisted that these snubs have been tactical decisions rather than ones based on performances.
Either way, it’s not doing anyone any favours having someone of Alli’s potential festering away on the bench, or in his case recently, at home.
Valued at €70m (£62.5m) by CIES, Daniel Levy should be looking to cash in on the long-serving Spurs star sooner rather than later as that figure is only going to decrease the more he’s not featuring in north London.
And the interest has been there.
According to the Daily Mail, European giants Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan were both keen on Alli during the summer transfer window.
Whilst they also revealed that the midfielder, once likened to Steven Gerrard, was almost used as a makeweight to bring Gareth Bale back to the club from Real Madrid.
So, evidently, the Spurs chairman would be willing to sanction a sale for the right price.
Under former boss Mauricio Pochettino, Alli thrived winning two PFA Young Player of the Year awards, which makes his continued omission rather perplexing indeed.
The Argentine recently appeared on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football and compared the Englishman to Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho, dubbing them all “really special.”
Alli has also been lauded as a “freak of a talent” by ex-Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton, yet he finds himself at a career crossroads despite being absolutely nowhere near hitting his peak.
If Mourinho isn’t going to find a way to get the best out of him, then Levy should absolutely consider an exit for the £100k-per-week enigma. The funds could be put straight back into further additions to Mourinho’s squad.