Ian Wright blames Son Heung-Min for the downfall of Dele Alli at Tottenham Hotspur
Speaking to Premier League Productions via HITC (h/t The Mirror), Ian Wright has stated that the rise of Son Heung-Min and the fall of Dele Alli have gone hand in hand at Tottenham Hotspur. The latter recently left N17 to join up with Frank Lampard at Goodison Park in an attempt to restart his stagnating career.
Alli had several chances to rediscover his lost mojo under various managers, but he could not reach the lofty expectations he promised to reach. His decline started during the last days of Mauricio Pochettino as the Spurs manager and has never looked like his old self since. There were some flashes here and there, but he largely failed to build on those displays.
Wright believes that Son’s emergence alongside the Englishman’s dip in form eventually resulted in the current scenario. He added that Alli did try to break into the team once again, but he failed to hold a candle to the South Korean’s displays.
“We saw Dele’s rise. Then it kind of went stagnant for him. The problem Dele has is that, with the emergence of Son, who plays as that second striker. He’s not an out-and-out striker and he is in that place where Son has now taken and made his own. If we are going to be totally honest, he is better in that position. Dele has been trying to find his way back, in whatever system and whatever manager he has been under. But it’s not worked out.”
Is it though?
To an extent, this opinion is true as we never saw a system where the 25-year-old could get many chances in his favoured position. After all, the formation with the winger/inside forward suits the South Korean, who has since thrived in that role.
Moreover, we cannot risk not using our best players to get the best out of underperforming stars. That would not make sense in the slightest, so the Arsenal legend is true in one sense, Son’s performances have the club little reason to not put their faith in him.
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With two midfielders shuttling behind the now Toffees star, he had chances to play as an attacking midfielder on many occasions. However, even when he showcased some spark here and there, there was never any signs that he could sustain it long term. As such, it is for the best that both parties have now parted ways with each other.