Redknapp: Emerging Tottenham star is better than Premier League all-time great at same age
By Dominic Toner
Jamie Redknapp believes that Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is better than Premier League great Steven Gerrard was at the same age.
Alli, 20, played in England’s 0-0 draw with Slovenia on Tuesday night and caretaker manager Gareth Southgate may have been content with an away point in the World Cup qualifier.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart delivered a fantastic defensive performance and saved England on numerous occasions, but the team struggled to create serious attacking threats all game.
Spurs playmaker Alli was substituted in the 73rd minute for Wayne Rooney and was one of few players who injected some positivity.
Redknapp believes that Alli is a phenomenal talent and said he shows real “authority” on the pitch.
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“Dele Alli is the one player who you think is going to make something happen,” Redknapp told the Mail. “We’re blessed to have this 20-year-old in the national team. Not even Steven Gerrard was displaying that kind of authority on the pitch at that age.
“Alli didn’t even play as well as he can, but you can tell the other players have respect for him. He can be England’s linchpin for many years to come.”
Liverpool great Steven Gerrard was a crucial player for England and made 114 appearances for his country, scoring 21 goals in the process.
Spurs youngster Alli is expected to be the long-term future for England’s midfield and he has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last few season.
He moved to White Hart Lane in 2015 from MK Dons and has established himself as a regular under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The creative midfielder has made 55 appearances for Spurs, scoring 12 goals and supplying 11 assists.
Alli was a crucial part of the club’s title challenge last season and has featured in every Premier League game this season.
In other Tottenham news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Kyle Walker’s performance for England.