'Very good player' - Stewart Robson makes surprise claim over Tottenham star's future
By Russell Edge
Former Arsenal star Stewart Robson has suggested that Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli will not go on to become a world class star in the future.
The 21-year-old has broken out as one of England’s best young talents in recent years, becoming a key player for both club and country.
Despite his age he already has 21 caps for his country following his debut in 2015, while he has made 104 appearances for Tottenham since joining from MK Dons back in the winter transfer window of the same year.
However Robson, who made 150 appearances for Spurs’ fierce North London rivals, believes that while Alli has shown himself to be a good talent, he is not yet great, and doubts whether he will go on to be considered as a world class midfielder.
Speaking on Extra Time on ESPNFC.co.uk, he said: “I think he’s a very good player, I don’t think he’s a great player yet.
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“I think he will be an England international for quite some while, but he is not going to be a world-class player.”
The former West Ham man’s admission may come as a surprise to many, who will have expected the youngster to have been among the very best players in the world in years to come.
He has already shown his talents over previous seasons, having scored 18 times in 37 league appearances last season, more than the likes of Eden Hazard or mercurial centre forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
However he has found himself at the centre of controversy in recent weeks, being handed a one match international ban for an “offensive and unsporting” gesture while playing for England.
He was also widely criticised for his performance against Huddersfield for Tottenham, having received a booking for simulation against the Terriers.
In other Tottenham news, the club are set to go head-to-head with Liverpool for an international enforcer.