dele alli - fact file

2015 -         midfielder

FULL NAME :  BAMIDELE JERMAINE ALLI

 

Born on 11th April 1996 in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.

Height : - 1.88 m (6' 2)

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)

 

 
Starting as an 11 year old with his hometown club, Dele Alli developed into an impressive young midfielder, who was chased by a number of Premier League teams.  

His father left for America a week after Dele's birth, leaving him to be brought up by his mother, who reportedly had problems with alcohol, so he moved in with a local family whose son was also with MK Dons and he regards Alan and Sally Hickford as his unoffically "adoptive" parents.    The youngster attended Stantonbury Campus and The Radcliffe School in Wolverton locally
 
A midfield creator, with good technical ability and an excellent passing range, Dele also contributed with a fair share of goals; many of them spectacular.  Despite being only 16 when he made his debut, his confidence was shown by his first touch being a back-heel !!   He became a first team regular in 2013-14 and his career took off from there.
 
Alli helped his team to promotion to the Championship, with his loan back from Tottenham in January 2015 being critical in helping them achieve their highest league position in the club's short history.
 
Working from box-to-box, Alli is a natural athlete who can tackle, dribble and win the ball in the air.  With many other clubs clamouring for his services, even after he returned to Spurs at the end of 2014-15, his development at Spurs, in a young side, will be interesting to follow.

His time at Tottenham started well, with pre-season games in America and Germany (including a nut-meg on former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric !) that earned him a sub's appearance at Old Trafford on the first day of the 2015-16 season.  This was just the start of two dream seasons as the midfielder became a permanent member of the Tottenham midfield and fitted into the team perfectly, playing a major part in the team's third and second places in the Premier League.  His ability top drift into dangerous positions made him a difficult opponent to play against, so he would find himself the target of wind-up tactics to get him to react and a punch on West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob saw him banned towards the end of his first season.

Dele scored some fantastic individual goals, but it was his contribution to the team that made him such an important player and earned him an international call-up that turned into a regular England starting position.  Dele opted to play for England at youth level, but his father is Nigerian and he could play for the African nation should he so chose at senior level.  He also chose to drop the Alli from his shirt at the start of 2016-17, preferring just to be known by his shortened first name than the name of the family he was estranged from.

Playing in the Champions League, he stepped up his game and after a ban for a sending off against Gent in the Europa League in 2016-17, he returned to score twice against Real Madrid in a 3-1 win that made him a prime target for transfer talk.  But the first half of the 2017-18 season, away from White Hart Lane at Wembley, saw him drop below the high standards he had achieved in the previous two campaigns.  He was still contributing to the team, but the dip in form is not inconsistent with most young players who break into the first team of top clubs.
 
 

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
MK Dons ?? - 2nd November 2012  v Cambridge City (FA Cup R1) (away)  drew 0-0  (as a sub) ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2nd February 2015 5,000,000 (+cond) 8th August 2015  v Manchester United (Premier League) (away)  lost 0-1 ?? ??
MK Dons 2nd February 2015 Loan ??  ?? ??
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Career Record
MK Dons
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MK Dons (loan)
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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
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European appearances; ?? goals
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- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
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Honours
England international
22 full caps;  2 goals  (as of 01.12.2017)
2 Under-21 caps;  0 goals
4 Under-19 caps; 0 goals
2 Under-18 caps; 0 goals
9 Under-17 caps; 0 goals
- Cup winners medal 19---
Football League One Runners-up medal  2014-15  (MK Dons)
Football League Young Player Of the Year   2014-15
Selected for the PFA Football League One Team of the Year  2014-15
Selected for the PFA Football Premier League Team of the Year  2015-16, 2016-17
PFA Young Player of the Year  2015-16, 2016-17


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