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4:10 Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson and former England Women forward Lianne Sanderson discuss Dele Alli’s future at Tottenham.

“Despite what Mourinho says, there are short and long-term issues for Alli at Tottenham. One source has told us that the club would be willing to sell him, but club sources expect him to stay and fight for his place in the team.

“That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone at all, as if they did say he was for sale his price would go down. There would of course be suitors with PSG interested but Spurs aren’t under any pressure to sell him at this stage as he is contracted until 2024.

“As for the player himself, it’s not an ideal situation for Dele because he needs to be playing regular football to make sure he’s part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the European Championships. If he stays, it’ll be interesting to see how many games he gets between now and the window reopening again in January. If he’s still being left out of the squad, there might even be an issue where Alli forces Tottenham’s hand.”

1:58 Dele Alli’s lack of consistency has left Jose Mourinho questioning the midfielder’s Tottenham future, Stephen Warnock and Sue Smith told The Football Show.

Tom Williams added: “I don’t really buy Jose’s line of wanting a balanced squad, because Dele offers something that no one else in that Spurs squad offers which is a goal threat from a central attacking midfield position.

“OK, his form hasn’t been great and he hasn’t scored too many goals of late but that is his role in the team. Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso can play there but neither possess the same goal threat as Alli does. It would ease the burden of goals on Harry Kane, and we know that’s substantial as he’s Spurs’ only proven centre forward.

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“If you’re composing your matchday squad and balance is important, I wouldn’t understand why Alli wouldn’t be involved in some capacity because his skill set is so unique. As ever with Mourinho, you do wonder if this has been trotted out to the media as something he doesn’t even care is that believable. His recent form has been patchy but we all know he’s a massive talent.

“The difficulty with seeing him at PSG is that they already have so many attacking players who have to play. The first names of their team sheet are Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria. They’ve also just spent €50m to make Mauro Icardi’s move permanent so that’s four superstar attacking players that almost have to go into the starting XI. The thing that means it might makes sense is that PSG don’t have a player with Alli’s exact profile.”

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