By Harry Sykes
Tony Cascarino has claimed that Dele Alli is technically better than Frank Lampard and more reminiscent in style to Zinedine Zidane.
The Sky Sports pundit and former Chelsea striker made the comparison to the French all-time great as he assessed how Alli has emerged into one of the world’s outstanding young players.
The Tottenham playmaker took his game to new heights on Wednesday when he scored both goals in his side’s momentous 2-0 win over leaders Chelsea, who had gone into the game on the back of a 13-match league winning run.
Cascarino was blown away by the performance of Alli, 20, and how well he has adjusted to the Premier League since making the step up from MK Dons at the start of last season.
“Much of Alli’s game reminds me of Zinedine Zidane, so when the Tottenham player scored with two headers to see off Chelsea on Wednesday it took me back to the 1998 World Cup final, when Zidane headed home twice for France against Brazil,” Cascarino wrote, in his column for the Times on Friday. “The two players are specialists in the No 10 position, which isn’t normally associated with great heading ability, but both are over 6ft tall and outstanding in the air.
“Alli knows where best to run in the box to meet crosses, and can direct headers with great power and accuracy, as he showed against Chelsea and last week against Southampton.
“Zinedine Zidane was adept at controlling the ball on his chest while airborne, and Alli, still only 20, can do it equally well.”
Intriguingly, the well respected Cascarino explained how Alli is even better than Lampard, who is widely regarded as the greatest player in Chelsea’s history as a result of his exploits over a decade of dominance fromthe west London club.
“Alli’s scoring record of 20 goals in his first 52 Premier League appearances is remarkable for a non-striker. He definitely has the talent to become a one-in-three goalscorer for England:
“The timing of his runs from midfield into the box are reminiscent of Frank Lampard — another right-footed player — but Alli’s foot possesses greater technical ability. That talent allows Alli to be entirely comfortable on the ball, unrushed even when surrounded by opponents.”
Alli has scored three braces in consecutive league matches, against Southampton, Watford and Chelsea, and has been the driving force behind the team’s five consecutive wins in the competition.
The England international has now scored 11 goals in all competitions this season, 10 of which have come from 19 Premier League matches and a remarkable seven of which have come in just 17 days.
In other Tottenham news, the club have secured the transfer of a forward has brilliant by his manager.