Joey Barton comments on Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli

Joey Barton of Burnley arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Burnley at Riverside Stadium on April 8, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England.

Dele Alli is not playing well for Tottenham Hotspur at the moment.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur speaks to the media during a Tottenham Hotspur press conference at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on December 5, 2017 in Enfield, England.

Joey Barton has told talkSPORT that the media have been out for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli for a while now.

The former Rangers and Newcastle United midfielder believes that knives have been drawn out for the England international midfielder for a while.

Barton told talkSPORT about Alli: “He is a young player. I feel that the media have been out for him a little bit. I think the knives have been drawn on Alli for a while.”

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur speaks to the media during a Tottenham Hotspur press conference at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on December 5, 2017 in Enfield, England.

Alli is one of the best young players in Europe, but the 21-year-old midfielder is not playing well at the moment.

There have been games when the former Milton Keynes Dons star has played well, but overall so far this campaign, the England international has not played to the level he is expected to.

However, one must remember that Alli is only 21 years of age, and inconsistencies and dip in form are common among such young footballers.

Joey Barton of Rangers  during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tottenham are out of the running for the Premier League title this season, but the North London outfit are very much in the race for the top four.

Spurs have also progressed to the last-16 stage of the Champions League, so there is a lot to play for.

Alli remains an important player in Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and sooner the youngster gets back to his best, the better for Tottenham.

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