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Opinion: Eddie Howe should sign 25-year-old for Newcastle in January, he's been on his radar before

Recent reports have stated that Dele Alli has been allowed to leave Tottenham in January. Since the arrival of Antonio Conte, the once England international has only played 2 minutes for Spurs. He previously began to work his way back into the squad under former boss Nuno Espírito Santo, but couldn’t maintain form.

After a bleak season so far, Newcastle will look to bring in some fresh faces to Tyneside. With Alli looking for consistent game time and a chance to revive his career, he should be an option worth considering.

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Howe has had his eyes on Alli on before

On two separate occasions, the Magpies boss has wanted to sign Alli in the past. Back in 2017, Howe claimed he’d wanted him when he managed Bournemouth and Burnley.

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In a press conference leading into a clash between Spurs and the Cherries, he said, “We did look at him, but at that time we felt he was beyond us-money wise and probably club wise with the level we were at.”

“We (Bournemouth) were Championship at the time, and we talked about him when we were at Burnley as well, but he had gone beyond us quite quickly.”

A lot has changed in that time. In 2017 Alli was an exciting young prospect, seemingly destined for big things on the horizon. Unfortunately for the English midfielder, his career has not gone the way he and many others expected.

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He’s only 25-years-old, he could bring a lot to Newcastle

You could be mistaken for thinking that Alli is older than he is, but he’s only 25-years-old. He’s been around for quite a while but broke onto the Premier League scene in the 2015/16 season, aged 19.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen him at his best, but given his age. At his best, Alli was a real handful for defenders and could score and assist from a wide array of areas. Should he re-find his form at Newcastle, it could be a season-changing signing.

In his debut season for Spurs, he bagged 10 goals and 9 assists. The best season we saw of the midfielder was the 2016/17 campaign, here he netted 18 times and got 7 assists. His last stand-out season was in 2017/18, where he got 9 goals and 10 assists.

Additionally, Alli made appearances for his country many times, including at the European Championship (2016) and the World Cup (2018). In total the man from Milton Keynes has 37 England caps to his name.

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Understandably it may seem like quite a gamble for the Toon Army to sign Dele Alli. Having said that, looking at the league standings, they’re not in a position to turn their nose up on players like him.

Furthermore, a change of environment and a fresh start could just be what he needs to revive his career. Adding to that, Howe clearly is an admirer of Alli and understands what made him such a good player in the past. Who knows? Maybe Howe is the man to help turn Alli’s career around in January.

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