'What's he going to be like when he's 24?' - Hoddle blown away by incredible Tottenham young gun
By Russell Edge
Former Tottenham midfielder Glenn Hoddle has claimed that Spurs star Dele Alli could go on to better Frank Lampard’s impressive goal scoring record.
Chelsea hero Lampard is the Premier League’s top scoring midfielder of all time, hitting the back of the net 177 times during his career with West Ham, Chelsea and Manchester City.
This is more goals than a number of famous Premier League strikers, including Thierry Henry and Robbie Fowler.
However, Hoddle believes that Dele Alli could go on to emulate, or even better, Lampard’s goal scoring exploits, especially considering Alli’s young age.
He told talkSPORT on Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: ““He’s a different style of player to Frank Lampard but I think he will be up there with that sort of goal ratio for England and for Spurs.
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“He’s got the instinct for that, his finishing is getting better and better, and the amount of goals he will score in his career will be incredible.
“To think he’s only now just 21. What’s he going to be like when he’s 24 or 25?”
So far this season Alli has found the back of the net on 17 occasions in 34 league appearances, a ratio of a goal every two games, and like Lampard was so many times, the 21-year-old is the top scoring midfielder this season.
Looking forward, Hoddle insists that the owners must resist the temptation to sell their top stars and keep this squad together if they are to continue to compete for the top honours.
Spurs have been involved in the Premier League title race for two successive seasons, and the former midfielder wants to see additions made every season to remain competitive.
He told talkSPORT: “We have got to keep the best players there and add top players every two years.
“We have got a very good squad at the moment but it needs to go deeper, for me, to go on and challenge Chelsea and all the top teams.”
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