Is Dele Alli becoming the next Mesut Ozil?

Mesut Ozil has endured a disappointing and inconsistent time with Arsenal, which has led to him being ridiculed by arch-rivals Tottenham fans but are they being hypocritical, as one of their own star player’s shares many similarities with the German?

”We’ve got Alli, Dele Alli, I just don’t think you understand, he only cost five mil, he’s better than Ozil, we’ve got Dele Alli!”

Spurs fans have been singing this song loud and proud after they thought they had the bargain of the century after Dele Alli joined them from MK Dons for £5 million, back in 2015.

The England international would soon become an instant hit at White Hart Lane, as he’s provided unforgettable moments that Tottenham fans will never forget.

Arguably his most special performance in a Tottenham shirt was back in November 2017, when he scored the opening two goals in the 3-1 win over Real Madrid in a Champions League group stage match at Wembley Stadium.

However, ever since Alli has failed to live up to all the hype that fans and journalists gave him since bursting onto the scene at Tottenham and his 2018/19 campaign, in particular, was a poor one.

The midfielder registered just five goals and three assists in 30 competitive games (Whoscored.com) he played for club and country during last season. Statistics are not always reliable and one can rightly question their validity at times but for a central attacking midfielder like Alli, those numbers should be higher.

On the other hand, World Cup winner Ozil’s first season under Arsenal boss Unai Emery was an incredibly underwhelming one, much like most of his other seasons at the club. The 30-year-old registered just five goals and two assists for the Gunners in 25 games across all competitions.

You have to go all the way back to January to find Alli’s last goal for Spurs, which came in a 2-1 win away at Fulham.

The two players don’t just share the fact that neither has lived up to the hype surrounding both of them in their careers so far, they also share the same terrace chant.

Just like Spurs fans Alli song, Arsenal fans instead sing: ‘We’ve got Ozil, Mesut Ozil, I just don’t think you understand, he’s Arsene Wenger’s man, he’s better than Zidane, we’ve got Mesut Ozil!’ 

Alli has been criticised for his off the pitch antics this summer, as he was pictured being carried out of a bar after collapsing on a sun lounger because he was too drunk. Ex-Sunderland star Micky Gray rightly came out and said that Alli must be more careful of his behaviour, especially in the social media world we live in.

It is clear in conclusion that Alli and Ozil share many more similarities than you may have thought but the main difference between the two is clear that whilst Ozil is 30 and is winding down in his playing career, Alli is only 23 and still has time to live up to the hype that surrounds him and become an England and Tottenham star.

He needs a big season though, in order to retain his place in the Tottenham and also the national team as competition for places is tougher than ever.

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