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Dele Alli Has To Ask Himself, “Why Have I Not Progressed?” -Souness

Dele Alli Has To Ask Himself, “Why Have I Not Progressed?”  -Souness

Former Liverpool manager and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness is of the opinion that Tottenham forward, Dele Alli has been stagnant as a footballer with his career comprised of injuries and loss of form.

The 23-year-old joined Tottenham in 2015 from MK Dons scoring 32 goals in his first two seasons but he has failed to replicate such in recent seasons, scoring just seven goals in all competitions last season and only one strike this season.


Souness had previously tipped him, to be Frank Lampard’s Premier League successor but Alli’s poor performances on the pitch have been disappointing.

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‘Two years ago, I thought Dele Alli was going to be a superstar,’ he wrote in the Sunday Times.

‘A modern-day goalscoring midfielder from the same mould as Terry McDermott, my partner at Liverpool, or, more recently, Frank Lampard at Chelsea. Somebody who could be relied upon to get well into double figures in terms of goals every season for their club.

‘Instead, he’s stagnated. Why? Will he point to the hamstring injuries he’s had? Is he blaming the training at Tottenham or his teammates? He has to look at himself first, in the mirror in the morning when he’s shaving, and ask: “Why have I not progressed?”’

Comparing him to Harry Kane who has been consistent despite injury problems, Souness thinks Alli may have lost his drive to ba footballer.

‘He needs to ask why Harry Kane has kicked on and handled all the peripheral stuff that comes with being a top player, and he hasn’t.

‘Can he honestly say he’s been fully focused on his football or has he forgotten what made him kick a ball in the first place?

The Englishman has been left out of Gareth Southgate’s recent England squad, and Souness feels its an opportunity for Alli to find his feet again – noting his concern that too many young stars are distracted by the lucrative lifestyle.

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  • anietie 4 years ago

    That’s a bitter lesson for him, he rejected Nigeria for the 3lion now they have turned there back at him! 

  • Ndubuisi 4 years ago

    Still 23yrs? Does his age remain stagnant? I thought I heard he was 23 some few years ago. Well he should seat up to retain his lost shirt in England national team

  • Samchi 4 years ago

    He has to look at himself first, in the mirror in the morning when he’s shaving, and ask: “Why have I not progressed?”’

    Ehmm permit me to say; the last time I checked that dude’s Jaw was as smooth as a coke bottle, meaning he will be just fine staring at the mirror probably doing a mouth wash /not shaving/

  • OmoGold 4 years ago

    These European players with African heritage don’t ever learn their lessons but in a hard way. Ali missed it when he shunned Super Eagles. Period! And l pity Abraham Sammy too…

  • Let him seek for forgiveness from his biological parents

  • Life will always look down on a child who look down on his parent especially a caring mother. Dele need ask his mother for forgiveness and prayer of restoration; for treating that woman with ignominy before his team mate