And after the game, Mourinho claimed Alli still has a part to play but reasoned that ‘a squad is a puzzle’ and for the trip to St Mary’s, Alli didn’t fit into that puzzle.
Former Spurs frontman Bent disagrees with those comments, describing them as a ‘farce’, believing Alli is better than some of the players in front of him.
“Looking at Spurs’ squad yesterday, you cannot tell me that Dele Alli is not better than Harry Winks, not better than Eric Lamela, even Sissoko,” he said on talkSPORT.
“Jose Mourinho wants him to be hardworking, but that’s not Dele’s game. He is more of a Frank Lampard-type midfielder.
“I’m not saying he is as good as Frank, but he gets on the end of crosses, arrives late into the box, and for whatever reason, he can’t find that form.
“But to say he’s got all these players and he can’t find a spot for Dele Alli is a farce because he is better than some of the players in that squad.
“But I think it comes down to trust and I think right now, Mourinho trusts Winks much more than he trusts Dele Alli.”