Tottenham Hotspur's 6: 2 demolition of Everton at Goodison Park was great fun, but if you're looking for the cloud inside the silver lining, here it is: Dele Alli was replaced at half-time by what the match described commentators as a serious problem.
Immediately before halftime Dele was torn off by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford when Dele rushed to try to score his second goal of the game. The offside flag had risen, and the challenge was hard – basically a scissor attack. Dele stumbled and looked a bit confused after the incident. He did not return in the second half.
After the match, Mauricio Pochettino tried to downplay the incident, but was not sure how serious Dele's problem might be, and did not want to blame Pickford's incident for the substitution.
"I did not see it. I am very much looking forward to the action. I think it was not a great action. I do not want to say anything because I did not see the video, but for a comment it was a harsh action. I do not want to say anything.
"No [he isn’t badly hurt]. We will see if it is a problem. I think he is tired. We hope that it is not a big problem. "
That could be exactly or Pochettino code for" Deles will miss a month ". If this is the latter, it may be extremely bad, since Dele was one of the Spurs & # 39; the best players of the season, and they are much better when he's on the pitch. After today's win, Tottenham are now 27-6-0 in games where Dele scores. If it fails for a long time, it continues the crisis of midfield injury that the Spurs are already suffering.
We will have to wait for more updates, but hopefully the Christmas cheer will not stop. The next Spurs game is Wednesday, a Boxing Day clash with Bournemouth at Wembley.