SPURS HAVE TO GIVE ALLI A REAL CHANCE
I’M sure Tottenham have kept tabs on Dele Alli before signing him for £5m this week. With 18 goals in his first 60 games, it would be hard not to.
The MK Dons midfielder is a great talent and when you’ve already scored a hat-trick in League One by the age of 18 – as he did against Crewe – it’s obvious you’re destined for better things.
This season he’s the top-scoring midfielder outside the Premier League. He’s got a good physique, good pace. In the modern game, what you look for in a midfielder is a) a good all round game and b) an ability to contribute goals. Alli obviously ticks those boxes.
That said, I’d argue £5m was too much. I don’t think he’s done enough in the game yet to warrant a tag like that. I think £2.5m plus appearance-related extras would have been more sensible because nobody is a sure thing at 18.
But fair play to MK Dons for doing a good bit of business and it’s great that Alli’s been loaned back. That’ll keep his feet on the ground.
My only worry now is that a rising British star gets lost in the system. Tottenham have no shortage of midfielders – Christian Eriksen, Ryan Mason, Moussa Dembele, Benjamin Stambouli. None of them are retiring any time soon.
It’ll really test Alli to break into that lot. I just hope Spurs believe in him enough to give him a chance.
TALENT: Dele Alli