Tottenham legend David Ginola backs Dele Alli to kickstart his career at PSG as he says it would be an ‘interesting’ move after the Englishman slipped down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho
- Dele Alli has only played 66 minutes in the Premier League this season
- He came on for 21 minutes in Tottenham’s 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United
- Spurs legend David Ginola said he was ‘very cautious’ throughout the game
- The 24-year-old has been linked with a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain
Tottenham legend David Ginola believes Paris Saint-Germain would be the perfect club for out-of-favour midfielder Dele Alli to start a new challenge.
Alli has found regular game time under manager Jose Mourinho hard to come by this season. He started Spurs’ opening fixture against Everton, but he was subbed off at half-time in a 1-0 defeat.
He’s since dropped down the pecking order, and only played 21 minutes of their incredible 6-1 victory against Manchester United.
David Ginola said Dele Alli was ‘very cautious’ and ‘not trying many special things’ on Sunday
Alli has only played 66 minutes in the Premier League this season, but he did score in Tottenham Hotspur’s 7-2 thrashing of Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League play-off round
There’s been plenty of speculation linking him with a loan move to PSG, but no agreement has been made with the transfer window closing tonight.
Ginola, who played for Spurs and PSG, believes Alli was a shadow of his former self at Old Trafford, and is in desperate need of a new challenge.
The Frenchman told Sky Sports: ‘When he came on in the second half you could see that he was very cautious about not losing the ball and not trying many special things like he is capable of doing on the football pitch.
‘Doing that in Paris would be a new challenge for him. I don’t see why not. We haven’t had many English players playing for Paris Saint-Germain in the past so it would be interesting to see that.’
Ginola played 158 times for Paris St Germain between 1992-1995, scoring 44 times
David Beckham played 14 times for PSG in 2013, before calling time on a glittering career
Ginola added that there’s simply too much competition in the Spurs squad now for Alli to hold down a regular place.
‘For Spurs with [Heung-min] Son, [Harry] Kane, [Gareth] Bale – if he wants to play there with these three or four players – he needs to improve his game.
‘He needs to be consistent. We have seen Son in the last couple of years, he has been tremendous – scoring goals, assisting goals.’
Alli could tread a path that few English players have taken before him. United legend David Beckham had a brief spell with the French champions towards the end of his career, while the late Ray Wilkins played for them in 1987. Jantzen Derrick became the first Englishman to head for the French capital in 1971.
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