By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Jamie Redknapp has hailed Dele Alli as a better playmaker than Mesut Ozil.
The TV pundit made the bold claim ahead of Tottenham’s clash with West Brom on Monday night and said Alli’s current form made the pair “incomparable”.
Alli has scored three goals goals in Spurs’ last two Premier League matches, which they have won comfortably, 4-0 against Stoke and 3-0 against Manchester United.
Former Tottenham midfielder Redknapp has been impressed by how Alli was the architect of those victories, scoring the crucial first goals in both matches.
“I’ve been so impressed by the Dele Alli-Harry Kane partnership since he started playing in the No10 role,” Redknapp told Sky Sports 1’s Super Sunday programme.
“If you’re looking at Dele Alli’s involvement at the moment, in that No10 role and you were to compare that to, as an example, Mesut Ozil, it’s incomparable.
“He is scoring goals, making goals, he’s driving that team forward and you can see Mesut Ozil isn’t doing that for Arsenal.”
Ozil is on the six-man PFA Player of the Year shortlist but his form has slipped since the turn of the year and he has been far less influential in the second half of the season.
Nevertheless, the Germany international tops the Premier League assists chart with 18 this season, and has also weighed in with six goals in his 33 matches. In all competitions, he has scored eight goals and supplied 19 assists from 43 appearances.
By contrast, Alli has scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in his 32 Premier League matches. In all competitions, he has scored 10 goals and supplied 11 assists from 45 appearances.
Tottenham are aiming for their third consecutive league win on Monday as they aim to keep the title pressure on leaders Leicester, who eased eight points clear following Sunday’s thumping 4-0 win over Swansea.
By contrast, Arsenal face a battle to clinch a top-four finish after their goal-less draw at Sunderland earlier in the day.
In other Tottenham news, the club are preparing for a defensive reshuffle in the summer.