Tottenham latest news: "Not happening" - Fresh Dele Alli claim emerges amid Nuno snub

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Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has been left confused by Dele Alli's drop in form.

Alli was axed from the starting XI for almost the entirety of the 2020-2021 campaign, making just two Premier League starts under Jose Mourinho.

His fortunes did change during the early parts of this campaign, but it's been more than a month since he featured in the league.

Alli did play 90 minutes in the recent Conference League game against Vitesse Arnhem but didn't perform anywhere near his best and was left on the bench for the weekend defeat to West Ham.

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The former MK Dons youngster's fortunes appear to have gone from bad to worse, with fresh reports from The Athletic that he's been left out of the squad that face Burnley in the Carabao Cup this evening despite not being injured, which will only add to concerns over his future in north London.

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How has Alli performed this season?

It's no surprise to see that Alli's WhoScored rating of 6.65 is the joint 11th best in the Spurs squad with just one goal and no assists in six league outings.

His campaign did start brightly, playing a key part in the three 1-0 victories that saw Tottenham top the table in August, but Alli has gradually got worse as the season has progressed and he's been an unused substitute in the last three games.

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Alli's season took a sudden turn for the worse when he paid the price for his shocking display in the north London derby (5.56) when he was hauled off at half-time and replaced by Oliver Skipp.

Those 45 minutes at the Emirates were the last time he played in the league and Bridge has been left confused as to why his level has dropped so dramatically in recent years.

What did Bridge say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: "People were saying about Mourinho 'he's got it in for him' blah blah, but he's had chances under Nuno, and it's not happened.

"So, what's happening for him? Does he miss the likes of Eriksen? They worked well together. But something's just not happening for him anymore."

Does Alli have a future at Tottenham?

Having come back from his wretched period under Mourinho, it would be daft to write him off.

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But Alli can no longer be recognised as a youngster and simply isn't getting any better. And with Tanguy Ndombele having taken his place in the starting XI, it's looking like a long way back for him.

With the January window just around the corner, a fresh start, whether that's on loan or permanently, is probably the best option for both parties.

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