By Harvey Byrne
Experienced manager Gerard Houllier has spoken highly of Tottenham starlet Dele Alli, claiming he “is something special.’
The Spurs 21-year-old has seemingly not looked back since making the move to north London from MK Dons in February 2015 for just £5million.
He has already been named the PFA Young Player of the Year on two separate occasions, while earning 17-caps for England after becoming a standout star in the Tottenham team at his young age.
Now, former Liverpool and France boss Houllier has told that Alli can be the key to the Three Lions’ success like Cristiano Ronaldo is for Portugal and what Zinedine Zidane was for the French.
“Look at the teams that win. Argentina with Diego Maradona. Portugal with Ronaldo. France with Zidane… you need a player like that,” told Houllier to the Express.
“Even the Champions League final, Juventus and Real Madrid. Who won? The team that had Ronaldo. It is a collective sport where the individual makes the difference.
“You need to have a top, top outstanding player and Alli can be that for England. He is still young, but he is something special.
“England are on the right track. They are developing proper coaches and proper players at some point it will pay off.
“But it will only pay off if they find that bright spark who makes it all happen.”
In just two seasons at Tottenham Alli has already amassed 32 goals and 24 assists in 96 appearances from his midfield position.
Last season alone he bagged an incredible 18 league goals and nine assists in 37 Premier League appearances and played a key part in helping Spurs finish as runners-up.
He will now be looking to replicate that form into the next campaign and at international level with the World Cup coming up next summer.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs have made an enquiry for this international midfielder.