Failed former Spurs player’s criticism of 37-cap star is total nonsense – opinion
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Jamie O’Hara has been critical of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli, insisting that he is “on the cusp of games”, per talkSPORT.
What’s he said?
O’Hara believes that after “bursting onto the scene”, Alli has struggled to grow and improve as a player during his time at Spurs.
Signed in 2015, he has gone on to make 184 appearances for the club and has also won 37 caps for England.
But O’Hara believes he can still improve.
He said: “For me, he has to start setting new targets and new goals. He probably never expected to go and play for Tottenham when he was at MK Dons. He never expected to reach the highs that he’s got so quick.
“Now he’s got them goals, he’s got to reset new goals and keep challenging himself and keep improving because there’s one thing you can’t do in the Premier League, or in the Championship, you can’t sit in the comfort zone.”
He added: “Potentially he’s still going to be one of Tottenham’s best players that will be at the club for a long, long period of time but they have to find a way of getting more out of him and develop him because, for me, he plays on the cusp of games, he’s in and out too much.”
O’Hara doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
He may have come through Spurs’ academy but he sat in the comfort zone and was eventually sold to Wolves, where he wasn’t good enough, and then he was sold to Blackpool, and then Fulham, then Gillingham and now he’s at Billericay Town.
That reads like a warning to young players of the perils of fame.
Alli struggled last season, but still scored five Premier League goals and played in a Champions League final and the majority of his issues came about through injuries.
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He remains perhaps Spurs’ best attacking midfielder, a player who can provide exceptional support to striker Harry Kane and also be a key man for his country.
For O’Hara to pretend to know the situation of the player and urge him to improve is nonsense; he was in Alli’s shoes and he blew it.
He should keep his opinions to himself.