Sport The case for Dele Alli

12:57  21 april  2017
12:57  21 april  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Xavi denies claiming Guardiola will move for Alli

  Xavi denies claiming Guardiola will move for Alli Xavi claims that an interview in which he said Manchester City wanted to sign Tottenham's Dele Alli never actually took place.Former Barcelona star Xavi has denied giving an interview in which he suggested that Manchester City will try to sign Dele Alli from Tottenham.

The case for Dele Alli . The Tottenham starlet has been absolutely sensational for manager Mauricio Pochettino this season. He entered the campaign fighting for a place in Spurs’ crowded midfield rotation and he’ll finish off the year as the side’s unquestioned starter in central midfield.

You might even say that the nation is currently gripped with a serious case of Dele Alli fever. With Alli fascinating so many fans at the moment, we've decided to dig around and learn a little more about him.

With Dele Alli set to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award, we look at the reasons why the gong is more than deserved…

The 21-year-old has scored 16 Premier League goals for Tottenham this season, and just 12 months after picking up the same award last season, Alli is favourite once again ahead of Sunday's ceremony.

Alli has grown as a player and character over the past year, and here's how...

Xavi denies claiming Guardiola will move for Alli

  Xavi denies claiming Guardiola will move for Alli Xavi claims that an interview in which he said Manchester City wanted to sign Tottenham's Dele Alli never actually took place.Former Barcelona star Xavi has denied giving an interview in which he suggested that Manchester City will try to sign Dele Alli from Tottenham.

When they play like this, when they pour forward, swarm around the pitch, with their young tyro Dele Alli scoring two predatory, carbon-copy goals They went two-nil up here and never, ever looked like surrendering that advantage and now it is simply a case of whether they can capitalise on this; how

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No one-trick pony

Ask 100 people to sum up Alli in one word and you may well get 100 different answers.

This season, Alli has displayed more layers to his game and character; versatility, maturity on and off the ball and different goals, but all with the same unflagging energy.

His two headers against Chelsea, the sweeping finish against Manchester City and the long-range pearler against Watford showed the variety of goals in his armoury, but beneath that Alli's all-round game has improved and expanded.

Alli does not rely on one trait. He is the epitome of an all-round player, and though comparisons to Steven Gerrard, Paul Gascoigne and Frank Lampard were inevitable, none seem appropriate.

"Maybe one day he plays as a goalkeeper, full-back or centre back," Mauricio Pochettino said earlier this season. "Dele Alli can always surprise you. He has an unbelievable personality and character. Anything is possible for him."

Xavi denies claiming Guardiola will move for Alli

  Xavi denies claiming Guardiola will move for Alli Xavi claims that an interview in which he said Manchester City wanted to sign Tottenham's Dele Alli never actually took place.Former Barcelona star Xavi has denied giving an interview in which he suggested that Manchester City will try to sign Dele Alli from Tottenham.

Bamidele Jermaine " Dele " Alli (born 11 April 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team. Born and raised in Milton Keynes

And for one player, Dele Alli , he’s already in contention to perhaps pick up an award if ballots were already open right now to vote. Making his senior team debut for England a couple of months ago also helps build the case that Dele Alli has a real shot to bring home some silverware for the second

Raw no more

In Alli's first half-a-dozen Tottenham games in 2015, we saw a 19-year-old with greenness and promise in equal measure.

In that opening period, one game stood out. During his first match in central midfield, a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane in September, we saw a one step forward, one step back Alli, getting a little too excited positionally while still having an impact on the game.

Fast forward 20 months, and Alli has already shaken off those raw habits, and Pochettino was correct to question is exclusion from the seniors PFA Player of the Year award shortlist.

Yes, he still has those "happy feet" on the ball, as Sky Sports pundit Niall Quinn once put it, but the 21-year-old's positional maturity and decision making belies his age.

A new role

Alli's goals came in spurts last season, but this year the strike-rate has been more consistent.

With 16 top flight goals, he needs four more this term to become only the third midfielder in Premier League history to reach 20 goals, in fine company alongside Frank Lampard and Yaya Toure.

Pep: I don't want to sign Alli

  Pep: I don't want to sign Alli Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino can relax - he does not want to sign Dele Alli this summer. Pochettino reacted to comments from Xavi - Guardiola's former midfielder at Barcelona - this week in which he stated Alli was just the sort of player Guardiola would like to sign for City.Alli has had another outstanding season for Spurs, scoring 20 goals in all competitions, and Guardiola has praised the 21-year-old.But, speaking exclusively to Sky Sports ahead of the Manchester derby live on Sky Sports 1HD on Thursday, he said: "Mauricio Pochettino has to stay calm.

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But does the 'midfielder' tag still fit? Alli's role as second-striker, particularly in the absence of the injured Harry Kane throughout spring, has shown the youngster in a new light.

"In the box, he looks like a striker," said Pochettino in March. "And outside the box, he plays like a midfielder."

This season, Alli has proved that his ability to find space in the area is not dependent on his starting position, and that knack of ghosting around the final third into dangerous areas doesn't happen by accident.

Alli said in a recent interview with Sky Sports' Pat Davison: "Especially in the Premier League, defenders are really switched on, so you almost have to fool them (with your movement) into thinking you're doing something else."

Battling back

The summer months prior to this season did not go according to plan for Alli. His ban for punching Claudio Yacob at the end of the 2015/16 campaign summed up Spurs' stumble in the Premier League title race.

And then came Euro 2016.

Alli, along with other Spurs team-mates, took their end-of-season form to France with England, and the youngster was among those criticised for under-performing.

He may have taken a few weeks to dust himself down at the start of this season, but Alli's performances this year have been all the more impressive within the context of last summer.

Even this season, after his red card against Genk in February hampered Spurs' chances of progressing in the Europa League, Alli returned to score four goals in four games.

Alli has a fiery streak, of that there is no doubt, but he's proved this season he can bounce back. He'll be hoping this term ends with a team trophy, not just the personal silverware.

'He's shown he's one of the best' - Spurs boss Pochettino disappointed with Alli's PFA snub .
The Tottenham midfielder was left off the shortlist for the prestigious award, much to the disappointment of his manager at White Hart LaneMauricio Pochettino feels that Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli should have been included on the PFA Players' Player of the Year shortlist.

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