By Harry Sykes
Danny Rose has revealed that he wishes he could be his Tottenham teammate Dele Alli.
Spurs left-back Rose, 26, made the frank admission that he is envious of the youth and talent of his 20-year-old colleague.
Alli capped a sensational first season at Tottenham with the PFA young player of the year award as well as a place in the England starting line-up at Euro 2016.
He has not quite hit the same standards in his second campaign at White Hart Lane but Rose is in no doubt about the effectiveness of the 20-year-old playmaker.
“It’s his second season [in the Premier League],” Rose said, as quoted by the Guardian. “Everyone is not giving him as much time as he had last season.
“Dele is still our most dangerous player. He’s not doing as well as last season but neither is anyone else. I always say to Dele that I wish I was him, with how well he’s done, and he’s only 20.
“He’s working under the best manager and the manager will get the best out of him, come the end of the season. He’s getting chances. There’s no panic. We know Dele will get on the scoresheet again and start scoring again like he did last season.”
Alli, who has scored four goals for Tottenham this season, was threatening against Hull in Tottenham’s 3-0 win at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night and he did not look too impressed at his substitution in the 62nd minute.
But the England international remains one of the first names on the teamsheet of Mauricio Pochettino and has started 13 of Spurs’ 16 Premier League matches this season in addition to all six of their Champions League encounters.
Spurs took their points tally for the league season to 30 following their win over Hull and cemented their fifth position in the table.
Tottenham host Burnley on Sunday in their next Premier League fixture, which will be their second home match in the competition this week.
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