Paul Merson takes a harsh swipe at Tottenham ace after recent snub
By Amir Mir
Paul Merson has taken a harsh swipe at Tottenham ace Dele Alli by stating he wouldn’t have won the main PFA Player of the Year award had he been nominated.
The former Arsenal man believes the highly-rated 21-year-old is better off in the Young Player of the Year category.
Attacking midfielder Alli was recently snubbed and not selected for the main category despite a stellar season with his club.
Many raised their eyebrows at Alli’s omission from the main award as he is likely to once again win the YPOTY award.
The likes of Harry Kane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku were nominated for the top prize.
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This is what Merson had to say on Alli’s snub when talking about the Spurs man on Soccer Saturday which aired on Sky Sports News HQ.
“It’s very rare you get in both of them,” Merson told Sky Sports when talking about the Young Player of the Year and POTY.
“If he was in the main one, he wasn’t winning it anyway, so he is better off being in the young one.”
Alli moved to White Hart Lane from League One outfit MK Dons in 2015 after he helped Karl Robinson’s side earn promotion to the Championship.
Without him in their team, they struggled and were relegated straight back to the third tier of English football, with Robinson now in charge of Charlton.
During that time, Alli has gone on to represent his country and help his club side finish in the Champions League places during his debut campaign.
The England international has found the back of the net on 16 occasions this term in the Premier League, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side chasing an unlikely title.
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