Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has lost focus, says Gus Poyet

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has been criticised by Gus Poyet.

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli

Pundit Gus Poyet has criticised Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.

Speaking after Tottenham's defeat to Ajax in midweek, Poyet told Talksport he feels Alli has lost his focus.

The ex-Spurs midfielder compared Alli to Manchester United's Paul Pogba, in a negative sense, believing both owe their teams more than they are producing on the pitch.

 

He said: "Now there are many things that can take you away from football.

"I was one of the ones who said two or three years ago that I would love him just to concentrate on football, because he can become one of the best ever at Tottenham.

"Another one is Paul Pogba. Physically, technically, he’s got everything, but unfortunately for some reason there’s always a question mark over him."

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur gives intructions to Dele Alli during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax at at the...

Alli is involved with his own clothing line, and like United superstar Pogba's commercial involvements, being involved with off field interests he is associated with, becomes an easy line for criticism.

The Spurs midfielder had a poor game in midweek against Ajax, and he has had a difficult 2019 due to injury.

Alli has not scored since his return, and this will be affecting his confidence too.

The more high profile he is, the more is expected from him. All will be forgiven if he scores a crucial goal against Ajax in the second leg.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax at at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 30, 2019...

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