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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Fatigue, Alli and Davies

It was Football Fancast wasn't it that wrote that daft article that Dele Alli was overrated. perhaps they didn't realise that he has scored or assisted more goals than any other Under-21 player in the top tier leagues in Europe.

Nobody in Ligue 1, the Bundesliga, LaLiga or Serie A has racked up the number Dele Alli has, 20 since the start of last season.

Not bad for an overrated player!

The fact that he took a while to find his form once again shows the problems of summer football for our internationals and that they need a summer rest to recuperate properly. Otherwise they miss the start of pre-season training, all being on holiday when it starts, and then have to start the season not fully fit.

We have seen the fatigue factor already this season with Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Moussa Dembele all having muscle injuries, a rare occurrence for us last season thanks to Mauricio Pochettino's prevention training and game time management.

Ben Davies has had a lot of football and needed a rest at the weekend. He has played the European Championships this summer and been further than the England players, then he had a break, then he has had to play every game with Rose injured and with Rose still not fit yet, surely he deserves the night off. We don't need another fatigue induced muscle injury. Rose meanwhile has signed a new contract.


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