Andy Gray: This is Tottenham ace Alli's real position on the field (not a nine or a ten)
By Amir Mir
Andy Gray has delivered a fascinating assessment on Tottenham ace Dele Alli and believes his real position on the pitch is a “nine and a half”.
The 21-year-old has produced a number of high-quality performances for his side this season which has seen him score 16 goals in the Premier League.
Alli has a knack for finding space with ease in the final third which has helped him cause havoc in the penalty area.
After helping his team secure a 4-0 win over Watford at the weekend, former Sky Sports pundit Gray offered his thoughts on Alli and what type of player he is.
“You are pushing it to say that he is a midfield player [because of the advanced positions he takes up],” Gray told beinSport as posted by a Football YouTube channel.
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“Does he have a touch map of a midfield player? 72 touches [against Watford],” Gray then nodded in agreement that he has the touch map of a forward when shown a graphic of the number of touches he has had in the final third.
“That is a number nine and a half. What amazes me is not a single touch in the penalty area [against Watford].”
Despite playing in an attacking midfield role, Alli has outscored a number of top strikers in the Premier League this season.
The likes of Jermain Defoe and Sergio Aguero have either scored fewer goals or the same amount than the highly-rated youngster.
Furthermore, he is only one goal behind powerhouses Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who play for Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.
Not only that, depending on form and injuries, he could catch up his Spurs teammate, Harry Kane in the scoring charts as he is currently on 19 strikes for the season.
In other Tottenham news, Chris Sutton has stated whether this demoted player will be worried about his first team spot.