Mauricio Pochettino admitted Dele Alli was unhappy after being dropped for Tottenham’s victory Brighton, but assured reporters that it was a normal response.
“How did Mousa Dembele react? How did a player at Manchester United or Arsenal react, or Liverpool when they are on the bench? Come on,” said the Spurs boss after the game. (Quotes via Football.London.)
“Tottenham is a special one to create problems. Dele Alli was on the bench and then played 20 minutes. He’s such an important player for us. How would another player react when they’re on the bench? Sure they’re not happy.
“No one is happy, the young ones or the senior players. The more experienced, the most important with the massive salary and the people who have a smaller salary, that is football, or not? Yes or no?
“Sure he’s not happy, but like another player like Trippier, Davies and everyone on the bench. They all wanted to play.”
I wouldn’t be surprised if Alli was simply being rested ahead of Saturday’s trip to Manchester City.