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28th Apr, 2017 | 2:10pm

Harry Redknapp: People thought I was mad when I made this big statement about Tottenham ace

By Amir Mir

Harry Redknapp has revealed that people thought he was “mad” when he stated that he wouldn’t swap Tottenham ace Dele Alli for Paul Pogba at the start of the season.

Manchester United midfielder Pogba made a world record transfer fee from Juventus to Old Trafford in the summer.

Meanwhile, Alli had just finished his first season in England’s top flight after Spurs brought him to the club from League One side MK Dons for a fee of £5million in 2o15.

During his first season at White Hart Lane, he won the PFA Young Player of the Year and broke into the England squad.

This season, Alli has once again claimed the Young PFA award and taken his performances to another level.

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Birmingham City manager Redknapp revealed the big statement he made about Alli at the start of the campaign.

“For me, Dele Alli should have been player of the year,” Redknapp told Betsafe. “I made a statement at the start of the year, I said I wouldn’t swap Pogba for Dele Alli. A lot of people thought I was mad.

“At the moment, he is not just the best young player, he is probably the best around.”

Over the course of the season, Alli has played 45 games in all competitions, scoring 20 goals and supplying 11 assists.

Added to that he has found the back of the net on 16 occasions from 32 league games as he will be looking to edge closer to that 20 goal mark before the season ends.

By contrast, Pogba has played 47 matches in all competitions, scoring seven goals and supplying five assists.

He last scored a league goal during United’s 2-1 home win against Middlesbrough in late December, with Alli’s last strike coming against Watford earlier on in the month.

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