Dele Alli may have been given a huge lifeline in a bid to revive his Tottenham Hotspur career this season but his transfer valuation is currently at its lowest since 2016.
The English midfielder has started – and played the full 90 – in all four of their Premier League matches under new boss Nuno Santo thus far and he’s repaid that faith with a goal against the Portuguese’s former club, Wolves.
Those 360 minutes of top-flight action means he’s already surpassed half of what he managed under Jose Mourinho and interim head coach Ryan Mason last term.
But there is still a long way to go until he hits the same heights of yesteryear.
It’s easy to forget that Alli, who earns around £100k-per-week in N17, is just 25 years old, so there is a massive chance he turns his career back around and gets back to the same level we witnessed over three years ago.
During the 2016/17 league campaign, the former MK Dons man scored 18 goals from midfield and also provided seven assists and he continued that fine form into the following season, where he delivered nine goals ten assists.
Around the time, it led to a hugely glowing endorsement from ex-Spurs star Darren Anderton, who described Alli as a “freak of a talent” who was ‘up there’ with Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard.
Had he continued at that rate, then those words may have rung true.
By May 2018, Alli’s value had peaked at a whopping £90m but now it sits at just £27m – his lowest since the middle of 2016, right before his rise, as per Transfermarkt.
That’s a decrease of £63m (70%) in the space of just three years and it merely epitomises his recent struggles. Indeed, he hasn’t surpassed more than four assists in any Premier League season since 2017/18, whilst his game time on the pitch has tailed off gradually.
His performance against Wolves, in particular, hinted a glimpse of the Alli of old but there’s still plenty of work to be done as he’s yet to create a single key chance from the opening four matches.
The early signs under Nuno are encouraging though, everyone wants to see the 37-time England international back at his best, though his drastic value crash is cause for concern, particularly if the club does look to move him on at any time in the future.