Tottenham Hotspur teenager Dele Alli has been one of the surprise – to some – stars of the 2015-16 Premier League season so far.
The 19-year-old midfielder arrived at White Hart Lane this summer with an impressive reputation, after netting 16 goals in 39 League One games for MK Dons last term.
Scoring freely from the centre of a 4-4-2 in England’s third tier did not convince everybody that Alli was the real deal, but there are more believers now!
Alli, who scored on his Premier League debut in August, has been named as the man of the match twice in November already – in the North London Derby draw with Arsenal and then on his first England start in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over France.
He scored a brilliant long-range goal on Tuesday and it has got a lot of people talking and typing.
Jordan Chamberlain, editor of Liverpool fan site Empire of the Kop, blogged about Alli earlier this week.
A frustrated Chamberlain points to the fact that Alli is a Liverpool fan and that the Reds “truly messed up” by not signing him.
Chamberlain clearly rates Alli very highly, as he goes on to describe him as the “natural English heir” to Steven Gerrard.
Alli’s goal against France (below) and his energetic box-to-box display at Wembley were certainly remisant of a young Gerrard…