Souness: This is what separates Tottenham ace Alli from PL counterpart
By Dominic Toner
Graeme Souness believes that Tottenham ace Dele Alli is ahead of Everton’s Ross Barkley due to his goal threat.
The two English playmakers are regarded as exciting prospects for the national side and are both involved in Gareth Southgate’s set-up, with the Spurs man the preferred starting choice.
Allí has been in sensational form for the north London club this season, scoring 19 goals and supplying 10 assists in 42 appearances.
Meanwhile, Barkley has made 32 appearances for the Toffees this campaign, scoring five goals and supplying seven assists in return.
Souness feels that 20-year-old Alli has the edge over his Premier League counterpart Barkley.
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“He (Barkley) has to score as well as make assists,” Souness wrote in the Times. “You can’t be the second most advanced player in your team and not get goals. That’s what separates him from Tottenham’s Dele Alli, who scores his share.”
Barkley has been an important player in Ronald Koeman’s squad this season and linked up well with teammate Romelu Lukaku.
The 23-year-old was tipped for great things when he made his Everton first team breakthrough, but certain people feel he has been unable to reach his full potential.
He has scored just 26 goals in 172 appearances for the Merseyside club and will be keen to improve those stats.
In contrast, Alli has scored 29 goals in just 88 Spurs appearances and is fast becoming one of the most exciting talents in European football.
He has continued to improve this season in a more advanced position and scored a fantastic long-range effort in the 4-0 win over Watford on Saturday.
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