Dele Alli is having a fantastic Premier League season for Tottenham. He has netted an impressive 16 goals, racked up five assists and has fully deserved the plaudits he has received. His style of play is quite unique and his ability to find and create space gives him great grounding to go on to be a Premier League great. His performances this season have heaped huge expectancy on his shoulders and it’s important for him to keep his head down and work hard to continue to improve.
At just 21 Alli could potentially play at the top level for another 14 or more years if the players he is likened to (Frank Lampard/Steven Gerrard) are anything to go by. While a lot of young English players struggle to deal with the pressure they’re under to deliver, Alli seems to be taking things in his stride.
As mentioned, Alli has netted 16 league goals this season, taking his overall total to 26 in 63 Premier League appearances, giving him a strike rate of 0.41 goals per game. By comparison Lampard over 611 games managed a staggering 176 goals, a rate of 0.28, while Gerrard netted 120 in 504, a rate of 0.22. Alli’s strike rate will no doubt slow down with the more appearances he makes but he has given himself a platform to potentially reach the lofty heights of any midfield great in terms of goals.
Alli was signed as a deep-lying playmaker but has been utilised in just about every attacking position this season, including stepping in for Harry Kane during some of his time on the sidelines. His versatility through the middle makes him really difficult to pick up. If Alli can stay as difficult to mark in the coming years he will not only continue his goalscoring form but also free up teammates with more attention turning to him from the opposition.
Does Dele Alli have what it takes to become a Premier League great?