The night be­fore Dele Alli scored his goal of the Sea­son con­tender against Crys­tal Palace, there was furtive talk at Fourfourtwo Tow­ers of putting the Spurs star on the cover.

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But while he’d been one of the best young play­ers in the Premier League this sea­son – oh, and scored on his first Eng­land start – the con­sen­sus was that he hadn’t quite done enough yet. He needed a defin­ing mo­ment.

Sure enough, that mo­ment ar­rived 24 hours later at Sel­hurst Park; a touch, turn and hit which gave Spurs three points and led man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino, nor­mally un­der­stated in ev­ery­thing he does, to claim the goal would be ‘shown on ev­ery TV around the world’. Dele Alli had ar­rived and it was time to tell his story. The MK Dons grad­u­ate hasn’t been the only un­ex­pected star of this Premier League sea­son, though. At Le­ices­ter, Riyad Mahrez has been ar­guably the divi­sion’s most out­stand­ing player, Dim­itri Payet has been lauded by West Ham fans (he’s bet­ter than Zi­dane, ac­cord­ing to the chant) and Hec­tor Bellerin has turbo-charged Arse­nal’s ti­tle chase. We’ve spo­ken to them all in this in­ter­view-packed is­sue. En­joy!

Hitesh Ratna


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