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Tottenham Hotspur need to enter transfer market to get best out of Dele Alli

Harry Kane and Dele Alli of Spurs have a disagreement during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London,...

Tottenham Hotspur prodigy Dele Alli is struggling to replicate his form from last season.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur at Signal Iduna Park on November 21, 2017 in...

Dele Alli is struggling to consistently hit the heights of last season at Tottenham Hotspur.

The 21-year-old scored 18 Premier League goals for Spurs in the 2016-17 campaign - more than any other midfielder in the division - but he has had as many bad days as he has good days in recent months.

On the back of a disappointing showing in the North London derby, Saturday was another bad day for Alli as Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw by managerless West Bromwich Albion at Wembley.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Matt Phillips of West Bromwich Albion in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at Wembley Stadium on...

All players, especially those of Alli’s tender age, endure dips in form and Spurs need to take some of the responsibility for it because the England international is suffering from a lack of competition for his place.

Alli and Christian Eriksen are nailed-on starters for Tottenham every week when fit, but both of the attacking midfielders are liable to spells of ineffectiveness either due to tiredness or complacency.

With Erik Lamela having been absent for over a year, Spurs have not had any options to push Alli or Eriksen for their spot in the team and this lack of depth needs to be addressed in the January transfer window.

Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

According to The Telegraph, Mauricio Pochettino is keen on Everton’s Ross Barkley, and he would be a signing of sufficient quality to put pressure on Alli, forcing him to raise his game during poor patches.

Signing Barkley would not only give Spurs another option, but it would improve the players around him.

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