first_imgTHE Alli data has lost its bite.Dele Alli’s stats show why Spurs fans, pundits and now England manager Gareth Southgate have noted a sharp decline from golden boy to injury-hit top of the flops.8 Dele Alli has struggled with form and injuries over the past 18 months, as backed up by facts ‘n figures, especially with SpursCredit: Getty Images – Getty88Midfielder Alli was hauled off as Tottenham’s’ early-season woes peaked with Tuesday’s 7-2 home humiliation by Bayern Munich and then left out of Southgate’s squad for two Euro 2020 qualifiers next week.And the 23-year-old’s Tottenham figures since the start of last term highlight why social media has been blitzed with comments like: “Dele Alli is done” and “Can someone tell me the last time he had a good game”.Alli’s goalscoring has fallen steeply from a stunning 22 in 46 starts in 2016-17 and 14 from 42 the following term – with just seven in his 38 games since then, including only one this calendar year.His total of assists and overall chances created have also both halved since 2017-18.Assists dropped from an incredible 15 that term to eight last season – with none so far this campaign, albeit from just three starts and one game off the benchAnd the number of chances Alli conjured plummeted from 88 two seasons ago to 44 in 2018-19.But a glimmer of hope amid otherwise murky figures is that he has already created four this term.’STILL GETTING WORSE’And it must be pointed out that, despite reaching the Champions League final in June, Spurs as a whole are struggling too.In fact, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are level with Brighton on 16 for the highest number of Premier League defeats in 2019.Alli’s passing accuracy has stood up well to his problems, hovering around the 80 per cent mark throughout his Prem career.And although he has tried to dribble far less since the start of last season, his success rate has steadily risen over the past four terms.Alli’s England stats have actually improved in the past two years. albeit judged from few games.Indeed, it was his goal that clinched a 2-0 last-eight win over Sweden in the 2018 World Cup.And he won the free-kick brilliantly swerved home by Kieran Trippier in the Three Lions’ 2-1 semi-final loss to Croatia.But after missed three months of the last Prem campaign due to hamstring troubles, Alli has been under even more intense fire this term.One fan tweeted: “Dele Alli has declined so much since his 16/17 season, his performances somehow get worse every time I watch him.”888And when Pochettino omitted fit-again Alli for a 2-1 defeat at Leicester two weeks ago, many pundits argued it might be the shock he needed.Ex-England playmaker Joe Cole told BT Sport: “The resting shout is one for the media. He has not been the player we know he can be.”That’s just a little kick from Pochettino to inspire Dele to get back to his best form.”And Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand suggested in the same week: “I really think he has [got something to prove].”Ferdy then put forward his own theory as to why Alli has struggled.The former England defender said: “He was playing too deep I felt last year in the midfield, having to receive the ball with his back to goal etc.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic“I think he’s best when he’s running on to things, looking at the goal and taking his chances early.“I think he’s a fantastic player when he’s doing those right things.”But the stats show Alli has plenty of figuring out to do if he is to return to his best – at a time of Tottenham turmoil and England excitement over a new generation of playmakers itching to oust him permanently.8Watch Bayern Munich’s post-match celebration as shy ‘Grenade’ Gnabry receives standing ovation after hat-trick in 7-2 thrashing of Spurs8last_img