Tony Cascarino says Dele Alli looked uninterested against Arsenal

Dele Alli of Tottenham in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on November 18, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-0 against Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

Dele Alli of Tottenham in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on November 18, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-0 against Arsenal in the Premier League north London derby clash on Saturday.

Former Chelsea player turned football pundit, Tony Cascarino has picked out Dele Alli for criticism, saying the England international looked uninterested during the game.

The 21-year-old has been a key player for Spurs over the last two seasons, but hasn’t been able to produce his best form this term.

Dele Alli of Tottenham gestures during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on November 18, 2017 in London, England.

Alli has only managed three goals and one assist in the Premier League. He wasn’t at his best against the Gunners and Mauricio Pochettino took him off after 75 minutes.

Cascarino says that Alli made a great impression on Mesut Ozil. Football fans usually accuse Ozil of not being interested and not affecting the game and going missing in big games, and Cascarino says that all these apply for Alli as well.

The football pundit adds that Alli looked “totally uninterested” during the game as if he didn't care.

Spurs have dropped to fourth in the Premier League with 23 points, 11 points behind league leaders Manchester City.

Dele Alli of Tottenham in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on November 18, 2017 in London, England.

"Dele Alli did a great impression of Mesut Özil on a bad day in the north London derby on Saturday," wrote Cascarino for The Times. Harry Kane’s injury clearly hindered him but the player who stood out for being well below his best was Alli.

"All the accusations that we fire at Ozil; of him not being interested, not affecting the game and going missing in big games — applied to Alli."

"He’s a very young man, so you have to cut him a bit of slack, but for whatever reason he looked totally uninterested and was on the fringe of the game for 70 minutes before being replaced. Footballers have bad games, that’s inveitable, but what’s worse than playing badly is looking like you don’t care."

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