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5th Jan, 2017 | 4:50pm

Paul Merson claims Tottenham star is only covering up a poor start

By Dominic Toner

Paul Merson has snubbed Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli for his choice of best youngster in the Premier League and claims he was poor at the start of the season.

Merson has chosen Southampton’s 22-year-old attacker Nathan Redmond as his best youngster this season so far and reckons he is close to an England call-up.

Meanwhile, he feels that Spurs sensation Alli has been good in recent weeks, but was disappointing at the beginning of the campaign.

The 20-year-old has been in fantastic form recently and has helped Spurs climb to third in the league table.

Sky Sports pundit Merson has picked Redmond over Alli as he thinks the latter has only performed in recent matches.

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“Most people will be saying Dele Alli but he has just done it the last four games and I thought he’d been poor at the start of the season,” Merson said, as quoted by Sky Sports. “He’s back to the top of his game now but his recent form covers a disappointing start.

Alli played a starring role on Wednesday night as Spurs ended Chelsea’s 13-game winning run, with a 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane.

The attacking midfielder scored two headed goals for the hosts and he has now netted seven times in his last four appearances.

The England international has hit top form in recent games and looked a real threat in front of goal.

He has now scored 10 goals and supplied two assists in his 19 Premier League appearances this campaign, but that was enough for Merson to pick him as the best youngster.

Alli opened his goalscoring account for the season against Stoke in September, before scoring in back-to-back games against Manchester City and West Brom.

Spurs’ number 10 did go seven league games without scoring this campaign, but has now managed to find his form in front of goal.

In other Tottenham news, Graham Roberts claims the club’s 29-year-old is playing out of his skin.