Tottenham latest news: £27m major name has ran 'out of time' at Spurs

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte on the touchline

Daily Star journalist Paul Brown does not think Dele Alli has a role to play in the current Tottenham team under Antonio Conte.

Conte has been at the club for less than a week since replacing Nuno Espirito Santo, but Brown is already having doubts about how Alli will fit into his plans.

What's the latest news involving Alli?

At the start of the season, it seemed like Alli was showing some positive signs, as he delivered a hard-working performance during a 1-0 win over Manchester City, and then followed that up by scoring the winning goal against Wolves from the penalty spot a week later.

His form has nosedived since then, though. The 25-year-old has failed to directly contribute to a top-flight goal other than that penalty at Molineux, and he fell out of favour in the latter stages of Nuno's time at the club.

He did not play a single minute in three of Nuno's last four Premier League matches at the helm, and his fortunes have not changed much with Conte arriving at Spurs.

In the Italian's first two games in the dugout, Alli has been an unused substitute.

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What has Brown said about Alli?

Brown is struggling to see how Alli can make it into Conte's starting XI, and has hinted that the midfielder's strengths are no longer as important in modern football.

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I can’t see a role for Dele Alli. He’s kind of a man out of time. He’s one of those players who made a living on brilliant late runs into the box, the timing of his arrival, he did score a lot of goals through that. But football has changed over the last few years.”

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Is there any way back for Alli at Tottenham?

It's not looking promising at the moment.

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With Conte seemingly wanting to play a 3-4-3, there is no obvious position for Alli to play in. There is a strong argument that he does not have the defensive discipline to play in a midfield two, and it is hard to see him filling one of the roles out wide as he is far more suited to playing through the middle as a No. 10 or second striker.

With the next transfer window opening in less than two months' time, it appears that the 37-cap international, who is valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, is heading closer to the exit door at Spurs unless things dramatically change in the intervening period. 

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