Dele Alli failed to grasp a chance to force his way into Jose Mourinho’s plans after another lacklustre display for Tottenham.
The England midfielder was handed a rare start for Spurs in the Europa League, after missing four of the last five Premier League squads.
But Alli struggled throughout the encounter with Royal Antwerp, with a much-changed Tottenham team falling to a shock 1-0 defeat.
Mourinho made nine changes for the Europa League clash, but after a dismal opening 45, he turned to his bench, making four substitutions during the break.
Alli was one of those withdrawn, with Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle claiming his form is becoming an “issue” for Mourinho.
He told BT Sport: "I think it is becoming an issue. This was his opportunity. Jose would have put him in tonight thinking 'OK, hit me right between the eyes, have a great game, score a goal maybe'.
“But it just didn't happen for him. At the moment, in his game, he's giving the ball away too many times. His options are there, he's trying his best, but it's not happening for him. Sloppy play isn't going to get him back into the team."
The Spurs boss refused to explicitly single out Alli for criticism, but did suggest his fringe players had made any upcoming selection decisions simple to make.
“It is not for me to individualise and to bring some names to the table,” Mourinho said on Alli’s display.
You prefer to do that than myself, before matches you always ask me why this player is not playing, why this player is not playing, why this player is not selected. Maybe now for a few weeks you don't ask me that because you have the answer.”
And with competition for places hotter than ever, supporters on social media feel Alli may have spurned his final opportunity for the club.
One Spurs fan predicted: “So we won’t be seeing Dele Alli ever again then,” while another questioned: “Dele Alli’s career at spurs is over aint it?”
“Dele Alli time as a Spurs player is over unfortunately, will likely leave in January. Still think he’s a good player but he needs to start to adapt and change his game,” a third concluded.
A fourth said: “At least people know why Dele Alli isnt playing now”, while a fifth suggested: “The more i think about how much the team has developed, the more I realise Dele Alli isn’t a Tottenham player anymore. No moments of magic. No important goals. No energy. No urgency. No work rate”.
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