Graham Roberts backs Tottenham player to reach landmark total after omission
By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham fan favourite Graham Roberts has backed current star Dele Alli to hit 20 goals after he was omitted from the PFA player of the year award shortlist.
The prestigious league award is voted for by players within the English top-flight and while many feel Alli deserves to be among the six nominees, his fellow professionals did not.
One Spurs star did manage to make the list with Harry Kane selected alongside Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and star Chelsea duo N’Golo Kane and Eden Hazard.
But, it is the omission of Alli which has caught the attention of most associated with Tottenham and Roberts has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Alli would show up the list by hitting a landmark 20 Premier League goals this season.
Backing @Dele_Alli to hit 20 prem goals this season! Would show how even more mad not to be up for Poty senior award
— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) April 13, 2017
Alli has already struck 16 goals in 30 league appearances for Tottenham this season, but four goals over the last seven matches could be too big an ask for the young England star.
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Only Frank Lampard has scored more than 20 goals in a single Premier League season from a midfield position and he only did it once with 22 in the 2009-10 campaign, meaning it would be a huge achievement if Alli does reach Roberts’ target.
In other Tottenham news, Micky Hazard believes this Spurs star has been the best player in the Premier League this season.