By Harvey Byrne
Outspoken pundit Andy Gray is firmly of the belief that Tottenham ace Dele Alli has had a better season than Manchester United’s star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
There is no doubt that the Premier League has been full of a lot of star players this season and Alli and Ibrhahimovic are just two who have shined.
However, unlike the powerful Sweden international, Alli failed to make the six-man shortlist for the PFA’s player of the year award, voted for by the players.
The omission of the young attacker has been a high discussion point this week and former Scotland international Gray shared that he would have Alli on the list ahead of Ibrahimovic and possibly even teammate Harry Kane.
“I’m not quite sure if I’m being totally honest Richard (Keys),” told Gray to beinSport as posted by a football YouTube channel in regards to Alli’s omission.
“There’s a couple in there that I would certainly put him above. I would certainly have put him above Ibrahimovic in what he’s contributed this year to this team and I might have put him above Harry Kane for his value to this team. It is an omission, but listen, it’s the players who have voted for it and it’s difficult to argue with that. They play against them week in, week out and they’ve come up with the six nominees in each department and Dele Alli hasn’t made it in the main one.”
Unlike Alli, Ibrahmovic is approaching the final stages of his career at 35 and was expected to succeed in Manchester after joining in the summer with a massive reputation.
He has managed to return 17 goals and five assists for the Red Devlis in 27 league appearances from his forward position and has played a huge part in Jose Mourinho’s side placing in sixth.
Meanwhile, Alli has produced 16 assists and six assists in 30 matches for the second placed Tottenham side in a more reserved attacking midfield role.
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