DELE ALLI has revealed he’s changed the name on the back of his Tottenham shirt because he feels “no connection with the Alli surname”.And the move has enraged scores of Spurs fans who have already ordered their new shirts ahead of tomorrow’s big Premier League kick-off.
As Spurs released their official squad numbers, Alli explained why he has followed in the footsteps of the Chelsea midfielder enforcer now known as Mikel John Obi.
Alli, 20, said: “I wanted a name on my shirt that represented who I am and I feel I have no connection with the Alli surname.
“This is not a decision I have taken without a lot of thought and discussion with family close to me.”A number of fans then voiced their frustration in comments beneath the official Tottenham tweet that revealed the news.
this is awkward pic.twitter.com/kwHsm5k8Fr
— collier225 (@samcollier2001) August 12, 2016
Alli’s mother Denise has previously revealed her heartbreak at having to give her son away to adoptive parents when he was 13 as she fought alcoholism.
She exclusively told The Sun on Sunday: “I had to let him go to give him a better future.
“Emotionally, it was heartbreaking but it was the right thing to do.
“I had a serious drink problem triggered by my unhappy childhood.
“I was hooked on vodka, beer — anything — for a few years.