'Dele Alli needs consider a change in his position' at Spurs according to Danny Murphy
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'Dele Alli needs consider a change in his position' at Spurs according to Danny Murphy

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy believes Dele Alli should make changes in his game if he is to remain under Jose Mourinho's management Evening Standard reported.

Dele was left out of Spurs' matchday squad against Southampton, which becomes a second time in a row with further fuels exit rumours.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho did not mince his words in the post-match conference when he was asked about the 25-year-old's future at the club.

"I'm not responsible for the market," Mourinho said."The only thing I can say is that I left eight players behind. They stayed and trained this morning because they are a big group and Dele is amongst these players.

"You could see our team. I cannot start with all of them and I cannot have a bench without defenders or midfielders.

"In the same way the squad is a puzzle, the bench is also a little puzzle. So to have on the bench Toby and Serge, and Moussa and Gio, and Lamela, and Bergwijn. I cannot have on the bench four wingers or three wingers and a No.10, and then no defenders. Everything is a puzzle so in these matches that he stayed out, probably Tuesday he will play and others he will stay out.”

Mourinho continued: "I want a balanced squad, that's what I want. Yes, [he can be part of that]. Nom he doesn't need to be sacrificed, but the squad is a puzzle."

Speaking on BBC's Match of the Day 2, Murphy reiterated that Dele may have to consider changing his position especially with the recent arrival of Gareth Bale which will make the competition even stiffer.

Murphy further insisted that Dele could still have a chance in the squad but it is a decision he has to make if he is still to be guaranteed game time this season.

“I think he's got to change his position,” Murphy said. “He used to love playing in that No10 role - but not too many teams in the Premier League now play with a No10.

“[His new position] might be deeper, it might be off the wing and coming inside and getting into those No10 positions from there.

“But playing as a No10... he's not going to get into that team.” 

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