By Harvey Byrne
Former Tottenham midfielder Ossie Ardiles has spoken of how Dele Alli reminds him of Paul Gascoigne.
The 20-year-old attacker rose to fame in the most recent campaign which saw him named PFA Young Player of the Year as well as being named in the PFA Team of the Year.
He has also won 15 England senior caps at his early age and Ardiles believes he has the same “air of arrogance” as Spurs and England greats Gascoigne and Glenn Hoddle had.
“Dele Alli is a wonderful, wonderful player,” said Ardiles to the Express. “He reminds me of Glenn Hoddle quite a lot. In fact, the more I see of him, the more I think that, because he is developing.
“When he arrived, he was kind of just a ‘normal’ midfielder. Now he does things differently. He has an air of arrogance about him that I like. Glenn had it as well, so did Paul Gascoigne. I like that.
“I think he will be up there with them. It is amazing the way he is improving all the time. He is incredibly young.
“People ask too many questions of him at times. They expect too much of him and are quick to criticise – he did this or that wrong. But he is very, very young and the future is incredibly bright for him. He could be one of the best players in England.”
Alli has made 68 appearances for Tottenham in total since joining from League One outfit MK Dons in February 2015.
He has returned with 15 goals and 15 assists and has become one of the first names on the team sheet for the north London side.
However, he has received some criticism this campaign with some poor displays which have returned just four assists and five goals in 22 appearances.
Spurs are currently sat in fifth place in the Premier League with one point separating them from fierce north London rivals Arsenal in fourth.
They will be eager to get into the Champions League places, but they will face a difficult clash away at seventh placed Southampton next.
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