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Wolves: Bruno Lage must swoop for Dele Alli in January

Wolves have been tipped with a move for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli in January. The Spurs playmaker has hardly played under new manager Antonio Conte and could be headed for the exit door.

What’s the story?

Having been branded “unbelievable” by Mauricio Pochettino and a “wonderkid” after his breakthrough 2015/16 season, in which he scored ten Premier League goals as a 19-year-old, the Englishman has seen his career go drastically downhill over recent seasons.

Alli reportedly fell out of favour with former manager Jose Mourinho and made just seven league appearances under Nuno Espirito Santo before he was replaced by Antonio Conte last month.

The 25-year-old has been limited to just two minutes in the league under the Italian and could prove surplus to requirements in January.

Speaking on Soccer Saturday, pundit Paul Merson claimed that Wolves need to buy a midfielder with more attacking threat and named Alli as a potential suitor. It has been reported by The Athletic that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is willing to allow the midfielder to leave North London next month.

According to Transfermarkt, Alli is valued at £27m, which would certainly make the transfer a hefty signing if it was to go through.

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Forget Moutinho

It certainly seems to be the case that Wolves need more attacking input from the middle of the park. The West Midlands side are the top-flight’s second-lowest scorers with 12 goals in 16 games, with Rúben Neves the only midfielder to score a league goal this term with one.

Lage has tended to operate with a central midfield trio of Neves, Leander Dendoncker and Joao Moutinho, however, it could really do with some attacking flair.

The trio certainly isn’t sustainable for the long-term either, with Moutinho now 35-years-old.

Over recent campaigns, Dele Alli has been well below par but there is undoubtedly still talent there given the way in which the Englishman was playing earlier in his career.

Furthermore, it’s no secret that the 25-year-old’s dip has aligned with the departure of former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, under whom Alli was exceptional.

The 37-capped midfielder scored 28 Premier League goals in 70 appearances in his first two seasons at White Hart Lane, a key performer under the Argentine. Those are stats that certainly prove he’s better in an offensive situation than the aforementioned Moutinho as the Portuguese has only found the net three times in over 150 games for the Midlands club.

It would undoubtedly be a risk for Wolves to bring Alli to Molineux, however, action needs to be taken to add creativity and flair to their midfield, and the Englishman could prove to be the ideal solution.

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