Glenn Hoddle: This Tottenham youngster could be club's greatest ever player
By Harry Sykes
Glenn Hoddle has claimed that Dele Alli could go on to be the greatest player in Tottenham’s history.
The England international has made a huge impact at White Hart Lane since joining the club permanently in the summer of 2015.
Alli’s sensational debut campaign ended with the PFA young player of the year award and a place in the starting line-up for England at Euro 2016.
The 20-year-old has had a mixed start to his second campaign but has still scored four Premier League goals from his playmaker role and been a key man in the side being placed fifth in the table.
Hoddle was recently named Tottenham’s best player in a new book called Down Memory Lane but the Spurs legend feels there’s a chance for Alli to overtake him in that ranking if they do another poll in 20 years.
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Asked if Alli can be Spurs’ greatest ever player, Hoddle told the Express: “If he stays at the club for a long time and produces the goals he can produce then I think there’s a possibility. That’s the exciting thing for Tottenham fans and the future of the club.
“We are different players in style but he’s got a belief about himself. He’s a young player who came in and I don’t think he was going to be bullied by anybody.
“I was 17 when I went in and you have to be strong-minded. You have to believe in yourself. I had that belief and Dele Alli has got that as well. Long may that continue for club and country.”
Alli has started 20 of Tottenham’s 23 Premier League and Champions League matches this season, which have yielded five goals and four assists.
Spurs’ next fixture is a trip to Southampton on 28 December, which precedes matches against Watford on New Year’s Day and Chelsea on 4 January.
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