Harry Redknapp said on the UEFA Europa League Highlights show on BT Sport 2 on Thursday night that Dele Alli is a much better player than his Tottenham Hotspur teammate Erik Lamela.
The former Tottenham manager made the comments following Spurs’ victory over FK Qarabag at White Hart Lane on Thursday evening.
Midfielder Alli started the Europa League Group J encounter and played for the entire 90 minutes, as Tottenham won 3-1.
Argentina international winger Lamela also played against Qarabag and scored the North London outfit’s third goal, but Redknapp was more pleased with Alli’s performance.
Erik Lamela problem
“He (Alli) looks a much better player than someone like Lamela, who cost £32m,” Redknapp said on the UEFA Europa League Highlights show on BT Sport 2 on Thursday night. “There is no comparison between the two of them.”
Redknapp also highlighted a problem Tottenham face in Lamela: how do they sell him?
“He (Lamela) has to deliver, but it is very difficult when you pay that amount of money for a player,” said the former West Ham United boss.
“What do you do with him? No one is going to give you £32m for him unless he starts showing some real form. So what do you sell him for? You take a massive hit on him for what you paid for him.”
Quiet Andros Townsend
“I love Andros, I am a big fan of his, but I thought tonight he looked like he was in and out of the team. He was almost scared to express himself tonight because he didn’t want to make any mistake.”
Richard Almeida put Qarabag in the lead from the penalty spot after seven minutes, but Son Heung-min restored parity in the 28th minute.
Son made it 2-1 to Tottenham just two minutes later, and former AS Roma star Lamela wrapped up the scoring in the 86th minute.