Ex-Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason went on Twitter following Spurs victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to have his say on the criticism Dele Alli had been receiving prior to his brace against the Blues.
The 21-year-old had seen his place in the England national side given to Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard after the Spurs forward had been accused of struggling for form lately.
However, Alli answered the doubters in the best possible way, giving the Lilywhites the lead in the second-half when he controlled an Eric Dier pass, plucking it out of the air and finishing in style.
He then went on to score Spurs third of the game in the 3-1 win with a scrambled finish in the box.
After the final whistle went, Mason took to Twitter to show his support for Alli and tear into his critics, saying: ‘Not that you had anything to prove today @deli_official! But that might shut a few people up.’
Not that you had anything to prove today @dele_official ! But that might shut a few people up 🔥
— Ryan Mason (@RyanMason) April 1, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
Two goals against Chelsea is no mean feat and shows Alli’s true class as an attacking midfielder. There has been much talk about the England international’s quality in big games but there doesn’t seem to be much justification for such criticism, especially when you consider he has 16 assists this season on top of his 10 goals across all competitions. The 21-year-old’s popularity nose-dived after he was labelled a diver and a cheat following a number of controversial incidents but he’s young and still learning and Mason is right – his brace will likely shut a few people up.
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