By Will Butcher
Ossie Ardiles has revealed that Tottenham playmaker Dele Alli would be his vote for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Alli, 21, has had a hand in 30 goals during his 43 league and cup appearances this season, firing Spurs towards the summit of the Premier League who now sit only four points behind Chelsea.
The former MK Dons star has been nominated for the YPOTY award along with the likes of Leroy Sane, Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane, but was left out of the main POTY award despite his superb form.
That led to criticism from pundits and journalists alike, who think he has done enough to stand alongside the PL elite. The YPOTY award would be some consolation for Alli.
Posting on his personal Twitter account, ex-Spurs player and manager Ardiles claimed Alli would be his nomination for the award after a sublime season with the north London giants.
Going to PFA player of the year on Sunday. My vote? @Dele_Alli .
— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) April 17, 2017
Scoring 19 goals, Alli failed to find the back of the net against Bournemouth on Saturday to hit 20 for the season as Mauricio Pochettino’s side strolled to a 4-0 win at White Hart Lane.
A quick-fire double from Mousa Dembele and Son Heung-Min gave Spurs a 2-0 lead at half-time, before Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen found the back of the net in the second half.
Alli has featured largely as part of a front three in Pochettino’s 4-2-3-1 system, that sees the likes of Christian Eriksen, Son and Dele Alli look to supply a sole striker.
The system has worked well in recent matches, helping Spurs go on a run of seven consecutive wins and closing the gap between themselves and league leaders Chelsea to just four points.
Pochettino is in the dugout next on Saturday as Spurs face Antonio Conte’s side at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final, while Arsenal and Man City go head to head in the other semi-final.
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