By Danny Wright
Frank Lampard believes that Dele Alli’s movement in and around the box is magical.
The Tottenham star has received a huge amount of plaudits for his performances this season and is gearing up to help his side reach the FA Cup final when they take on Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.
Lampard, a Stamford Bridge legend, played a similar role to Alli during his playing days and earned a reputation for himself by ghosting into the opposition’s penalty area without being tracked – something which he also sees in the Spurs midfielder.
He has been keeping a close eye on the 21-year-old’s progress this season and is encouraged by what he has seen.
“I’ve been watching Alli closely this season and he clearly has great technical ability – you can see that from his touch and from his finishing,” said Lampard on the BBC Sport website.
“The magic for me, though, is his movement to get into the box without being marked.
“If you watch him during games, he is always very aware of what is around him – his head is always moving and he is waiting for the right time to make his run.
“That intelligence is the special thing he has that sets him apart.”
Lampard won four FA Cups in his time at Chelsea, but the competition has eluded Tottenham for more than two decades, with their last victory coming in 1991.
The former Chelsea and West Ham player became known as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever midfielders due to his goal scoring talent and Alli has been frequently compared to him.
The 17-times England international has been one of the major factors behind Spurs’ magnificent campaign.
In 43 appearances across all competitions, Alli has scored 19 goals and supplied 11 assists.
He will go into Saturday’s semi-final knowing that he has already got the better of Chelsea on one occasion this season when he scored both goals in the 2-0 league win at White Hart Lane.
In other Tottenham news, a key player is in a race for fitness ahead of the Chelsea semi-final at Wembley.