Written by NPorter8
Dele Alli signed for Spurs in the January transfer window 2015, for 5 Million pounds. They loaned him back to MK Dons to help in their promotion bid. At the time not much was said about the transfer with many feeling it was one for the future. I had seen him a few times for MK Dons and was impressed. However I thought it’s a big leap from League One to the Premier League.
Dele made his 1st start for Tottenham in September 2015 after impressing as a substitute in previous games. In his 2nd start he scored his 2nd goal against Aston Villa and just days later start his first North London Derby. He started in midfield alongside Eric Dier and was named man of the match in a 1-1 draw. In his first 18 games he had scored five goals and had three assists.
His spectacular goal against Crystal Palace made headlines for the 19-year-old. Dele had arrived and taking all the plaudits from pundits and fans alike. He ended the season claiming the Young PFA Player of the Year. His debut season had been a success. He had 10 Premier League goals, England Caps and a 3rd place finish with Spurs.
Many pundits have questioned his temperament during games. He received a 3 match ban for an altercation with Claudio Yacob, which ended his season prematurely. This is what makes him the player he is. Pochettino has previously said he likes his naughty side. I think a competitive streak is important and as long as he doesn’t over step the mark long may it continue.
This season Dele had a slow start, along with most of his team mates. He played a lot of football in 2015/16 and was late back to pre-season after being away with England. Spurs had a disappointing Champion League campaign with Dele only scoring 1 goal. Since their exit from the competition Spurs form has picked up along with Dele’s.
Spurs are on a five game winning streak and Dele has hit 7 goals in his last 4 games. Alli scores different types of goals and has an ability of finding space. He is technically very good with the ball at his feet and known for his love of nutmegs. At 6ft2 he is athletic and good in the air and not frightened of a tackle. You can see the way he plays the game that his idol was Steven Gerrard.
In his 52 Premier League appearances he has 20 goals and 10 assists. It’s the second fewest games for an English midfielder only behind Matt Le Tissier who took 50 games. He also outshines many Premier League greats. Scholes took 74 games, Lampard 140 games and Gerrard 169 games. I am sure he can continue to break records, as at 20-years-old he can still improve his game.
Spurs is the perfect club for him right now. They have a young hungry squad that are developing together. A manager who knows how to get the best out of his players. A club who is preparing for the future on and off the pitch. I have no doubt that the biggest clubs around Europe are now aware of his talents but Spurs must do all they can to keep him.
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