By Dominic Toner
Paul Walsh has claimed he would prefer Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli in his team over Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.
The two Premier League stars were both recognised at the PFA awards on Sunday night as Kante scooped the player of the year prize, while Alli picked up the young players trophy for a second consecutive season.
Allí has developed into a crucial player this campaign and turned into a goalscoring midfielder, with his advanced positioning helping his attacking threat.
Meanwhile, defensive midfielder Kante has had a huge impact at Stamford Bridge since his summer arrival and was voted the best in the league by his fellow professionals.
Sky Sports pundit Walsh would rather have Alli in his side over Kante due to the goal contribution from the former.
“If I had to pick one or the other (I’d choose Alli over Kante), scoring goals and creating chances is the hardest thing in football and he does that,” Walsh told Sky Sports. “Kante is brilliant at what he does, but you’d like to think you can get someone close to him who would still do a decent job.”
Alli insists that he is still a midfielder, despite playing a lot further up the pitch this campaign.
The England international has become more involved in Spurs’ attacking play, scoring 20 goals and supplying 11 assists in 44 appearances.
The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the most exciting talents in European football and is pivotal to the success at White Hart Lane.
In other Tottenham news, the club’s supporters reacted to Kante winning the PFA Player of the Year award.