Redknapp: Tottenham can solve their second striker problem with emerging star
By Harry Sykes
Jamie Redknapp has claimed Dele Alli has solved Tottenham’s second striker problem with his awesome performances this season.
The high profile pundit and former Spurs midfielder explained in his weekly Mail column how he has been blown away by the performances of Alli and the partnership he has struck with Harry Kane.
The England duo were once again on top form on Sunday as they scored all Tottenham’s goals in their 3-2 Premier League win win over Everton at White Hart Lane.
Emerging sensation Alli, 20, began life at the north Londoners last season as a central midfielder but he has gradually been pushed forward and has now settled into an advanced playmaker role.
Redknapp is convinced that it has mitigated the need for the team to have a prolific back-up striker to take some of the goalscoring burden off Kane.
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“He has developed into a fine second striker,” wrote Redknapp of Alli in the Mail. “With the security of Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama behind him at the base of Tottenham’s midfield, Alli has been given the licence to play where he wants.
“The 20-year-old has formed a formidable partnership with Harry Kane and the challenge for Gareth Southgate is to mirror that with England in the upcoming games against Germany and Lithuania.
“The Tottenham pair have been involved in a staggering 84 Premier League goals between them since Alli made his debut in 2015.
“Alli is a player Southgate can build a team around. If he keeps his head right, there is no reason why he cannot captain the national team one day.
“I don’t care what people say about his temperament. I believe the captain should be your best player and Alli is on course to become England’s most important player sooner rather than later.”
Alli has been prolific from his attacking midfield position this season, netting 15 goals in all competitions, 13 of which have come in the English top flight.
By contrast, striker Vincent Janssen has struggled since his £18million transfer from AZ Alkmaar last summer, scoring just four penalties and not a single goal from open play.
Son Heung-Min, the team’s other senior attacking option, has fired intermittently in front of goal, with his only spell of hot form coming in September.
In other Tottenham news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.