Jamie Carragher: Tottenham ace could have emulated these three legendary figures
By Amir Mir
Jamie Carragher believes Tottenham ace Dele Alli could have emulated legendary figures, Andy Gray, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale by winning both PFA awards.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher expressed his surprise at Alli’s omission from the main Player of the Year category after his performances this season.
The 21-year-old was only nominated for the Young Player of the Year award, a trophy he lifted last term following his move to Spurs from MK Dons.
Only Gray, Ronaldo and Bale are the other three players to have lifted both trophies at once, with the most recent coming in 2013.
Sky Sports pundit Carragher echoed Mauricio Pochettino’s words after his player was not recognised for the main PFA award.
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“Like his club manager Mauricio Pochettino, I am surprised Alli’s form has not secured him a place on the shortlist for the main PFA award,” Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“There are plenty, me included, who feel he could have emulated Andy Gray (1977), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007) and Gareth Bale (2013) by winning both prizes.”
Over the course of the season, Alli has found the back of the net on 19 occasions from his 43 matches in all competitions.
Furthermore, he has scored 16 league goals in 31 Premier League matches added with his seven assists.
The England international has scored in five of this last seven matches for Pochettino’s side but failed to get on the scoresheet during the win against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Nonetheless, he did manage to provide an assist as Spurs closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points.
Alli will now turn his attention to cup matters with the north London club taking on the Blues in an FA Cup semi-final showdown on April 22 at Wembley.
In other Tottenham news, Steve Gerrard has claimed this Spurs man is world class, not Dele Alli or Harry Kane.