Can Dele Alli be England’s missing link?

Dele Alli, the young man of the age 19, is ripping up the Premier League every week and proving his doubters wrong. Alli was approached by Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window in 2015. On the last day of the window, the young magician secured a move to North London for a mere £5 million from MK Dons. He was not introduced to his new team mates straightaway because he was sent back on loan to the Dons due to his influential performances that he played for them. This proved to be a shrewd deal by MK Dons because they kept him and his services for the remainder of the season, where he won the best young player of League One and also achieved promotion for the Dons to move up to the heights of the Championship. Dele Allí had a quiet pre season, no expectations and no pressure, just to play his normal game. Reports had him down as a “bit par bit player” because of the pressure of having no experience of playing in the Premier League and also his tender age, 19, likened to Spurs Tom Carroll. He came on as an impact substitute against Manchester United on the opening day of the season for his debut, now the rest is history.

He is now a regular for Spurs and his box to box abilities are one of the main reasons to why Spurs are doing so well. At the age of 19, he handles pressure very well. His use of pace and strength allows him to nail down that first team spot as Spurs main Defensive Midfielder. Naturally a deep lying midfielder, he is very versatile, playing anywhere in the midfield and out wide, if need be. Dele Alli was the great addition which Spurs needed, a boy with such energy and passion to play. He shows glimpses of greatness, such as his audacious effort against Crystal Palace, he received the ball on his chest where he cushioned it on to his lethal right foot, over his own head and the defender’s and then fiercely volleyed it into the bottom left corner. It was inspirational, contender for goal of the season, genius, almost like a young Paul Gascoigne. He has scored 8 goals in the Premier league so far having played 22 times, which surpasses the England great midfielders such as Lampard and Gerrard in their first competitive season in the Premier League already.

Now to my main thought. Is Dele Alli the future of England on the international stage and England’s missing link? I believe so. As we saw from his first England call up against France, not only did he smash the ball from 35 yards into the top corner, he played with such passion. This is what England need if we want to achieve anything in the future and the upcoming European Championship, players that fear no one and want to play for their country and that is a player like Dele Alli.



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