Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been left out of the club’s squad ahead of Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup fourth round match against Burnley, which raises new questions about his future.
After working his way back to the fray after being ousted last season, Dele has been dropped from the starting line-up in the Premier League since a heavy defeat to Arsenal in the north London derby last month.
The 25-year-old has remained involved in Europe, where coach Nuno Espirito Santo has rotated his usual starts, but was part of the sad side that lost 1-0 against Vitesse Arnhem last week.
Dele had previously started for Spurs in the Carabao Cup’s third round against Wolves and would have been expected to at least keep his place in that competition this week.
Nevertheless, the Daily Mail has reported that he is expected to be excluded from the squad against Burnley, despite being available and Nuno has emphasized the importance of winning the match.
Dele still has just under three years left on his Spurs contract, although he was strongly linked to a move last season to kick-start his career. He wanted to leave the club in January last year in a late attempt to return to England’s fight ahead of the 2020 European Championships and was furious and frustrated that Spurs could not agree on a proposed loan deal for him to join Paris Saint-Germain.
Falling in favor of Nuno now, after playing 90 minutes in the first five Premier League games of the season, will only raise new questions about whether he has a future at the club.
Dele was hooked at half-time against Arsenal and has only been an unused substitute for subsequent league matches against Aston Villa, Newcastle and West Ham.
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