FourFourTwo: Tottenham emerging star named world's best wonderkid
By Amir Mir
Tottenham youngster Dele Alli has been ranked the top wonderkid in the world, according to a list compiled by football magazine FourFourTwo.
Midfielder Alli beat the Manchester quartet of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Leroy Sane and Kelechi Iheanacho to the top spot of players across the globe under the age of 21.
The 20-year-old was hailed by FourFourTwo for having traits of a “match-winner” and described as being “fearless” for making it onto the international stage within the space of a year.
Bayern Munich duo Kingsley Coman and Renato Sanches were the other player’s in the top three, with the latter signing for the German club for a fee of £31 million in the summer and winning the 2016 European Championships with Portugal.
Alli moved to White Hart Lane from League One outfit MK Dons in July 2015, earning his first England cap two months later.
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He scored ten goals and provided nine assists in 33 league appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s men last season, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award in his debut season in the top-flight.
The England international won the Premier League’s goal of the season award in 2015/16 for his wonder strike against Crystal Palace, as Spurs finished third and earned a Champions League spot.
This season Alli has continued his goalscoring touch, netting his second goal for the Three Lions against Malta on Saturday, and has also found the net on two occasions in seven games for his club.
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