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Former Premier League defender Micah Richards has suggested that the next Tottenham boss has a player with “absolutely everything” even if Harry Kane elects to quit the club. Dele Alli has endured another inconsistent season at the club but Richards rates him highly.
Alli was at first out of favour with former boss Jose Mourinho and despite having been handed a couple of opportunities by interim head coach Ryan Mason, he has still been limited to just 15 starts in all competitions.
In that time, he has netted just three goals – none of those coming in the Premier League – his lowest goal tally since his breakthrough season with MK Dons in 2012/13.
It remains to be seen who will be managing Alli at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next term but whoever that may be, they have been instructed to give the midfielder a bit of tender loving care by Richards and they could indeed be rewarded with his best form once again.
Talking on Sky Sports, he said: “He needs to be nurtured.
“You don’t become a bad player overnight. What did he score, 16 or 17 goals in one of his earlier seasons? He’s got absolutely everything.
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“As a young player, sometimes you lose your focus, sometimes you get a little bit ahead of yourselves and sometimes a manager doesn’t fancy you.
“I have no doubt there’s quality in there, but they need to get him on the pitch first and once he’s on the pitch, he can show what he can do.
“I don’t buy into the fact that he’s not good enough anymore, that’s absolute nonsense. When he first came on the scene, everyone was like, ‘wow’.”
Alli has been linked with an exit from north London for a considerable amount of time.
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Rumours that Mauricio Pochettino wants a reunion with his former player at Paris Saint-Germain have never gone away.
He still has over three years remaining on the most recent contract he penned in North London however and any new boss might opt to utilise him more than previous manager Jose Mourinho did.
In all, the 25-year-old has made 250 appearances for Spurs in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane’s future remains a fierce talking point.
The England forward has apparently reaffirmed his intentions to leave the club in the summer and has been linked to Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.
If a move does come to fruition, he might well have already played his last game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the team’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.
Like Alli, Kane still has three years left on his current deal.
Tottenham would also not be keen to sell.
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