Dele Alli celebrated his 22nd birthday this week, and the young star continues to make strides of progress as he develops into one of the Premier League’s most revered midfielders.
Alli has scored 36 goals and provided 26 assists in his 101 Premier League games; statistics which puts him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age. Any Spurs fan will tell the true value of Alli’s position in the side, and how much of a pleasure it is to see him link up with other midfielders like Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son so frequently, and often skilfully. Alli has however received some criticism on the international stage, but he is still learning and growing – to be at the top of your game internationally at 22 is no easy feat.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 13, 2018
Dele brings the thunder against the top teams
Dele Alli has admitted in a recent interview that he plays better against the more elite teams, stating that
“Teams in the bottom half still want to hurt you and they have a lot of quality, but they are always more likely to sit deep and close the gaps between the lines. As a Number 10, that makes it much more difficult to get on the ball and create chances”
And his stats add weight to his claims. 12 of his 44 goals have come against teams who are described as the crème de la crème of club football: he bagged five against Chelsea, two each against Man City and Real Madrid, and one each against the Gunners, Liverpool, and Man Utd.
— Dele (@dele_official) April 6, 2018
Dele goes on to say that Manchester City are ‘only human’, and that of course Spurs can hurt them. Manchester City are experiencing their first bad spell of the season, and the opportunity is ripe for Mauricio Pochettino’s Lilywhites to bring City’s week from bad to worse.
Dele Alli will play a central role when City travel to Wembley Stadium on Saturday as he always does, and will look to help cement Tottenham Hotspur’s position as the only team in the Premier League not to have lost in 2018. Mauricio Pochettino has complete faith in Alli and has previously dubbed him the best player in the world at his age.
Poch has got Spurs running like a well-oiled machine, and although his claim is both bold and contentious, Dele is no doubt a vital cog in that machine. Spurs are brimming with confidence at the moment and it is reflected in the results. Manchester City beware Dele Alli and his Lilywhite Wembley warriors.