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.
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.
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.