Dele Alli 'shouldn't be left to rot' on Spurs bench and would have been 'deflated' not to start vs Burnley, says Crouch

TOTTENHAM outcast Dele Alli 'should not be left to rot' at Spurs, according to Peter Crouch.

And the former Lilywhites striker reckons the playmaker would have been 'totally deflated' to have been left on the bench against Burnley.

Alli, 24, has not started in the Premier League since the opening day of the season.

However, he scored a stunning bicycle kick and provided two assists as Spurs beat Wolfsberger 4-0 in the Europa League on Wednesday.

And there were calls for Jose Mourinho to give him a league start in Sunday's 4-0 win against Burnley.

But Alli was benched again and Crouch wants him to be given another shot to stop his career 'drifting aimlessly'.

The former England international wrote in his Mail column: "I was at Tottenham last Wednesday and I thought Alli was super.

"He had a glint in his eyes, he looked hungry and a class above.

“Yes, he was playing opponents who were average but his quality shone through and it was a reminder of how good he can be. So I could understand why he would have been frustrated on Sunday.

“He hasn’t featured in nine of Tottenham’s Premier League squads this season and that is too much absence for a player of his class. He shouldn’t be left to rot, he shouldn’t have a career that is just drifting aimlessly.


"We aren’t privy to what is happening behind closed doors and we have to respect why Mourinho is making these calls. But I expect Dele would have been totally deflated at being on the bench against Burnley.

“Gareth Bale looked like the Gareth Bale we all know against Burnley. Harry Kane and Heung-min Son were on fire, too.

“If you add Dele into that equation, you have a front four who are as exciting as anything in the country. I hope he gets another chance.”

Despite the clamour for Alli to be returned to the team, Eric Dier says it is not down to him and Bale to save Tottenham's season.

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