Why this Tottenham youngster is already a better player than Mesut Ozil
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Dele Alli scored a brace for Tottenham against Premier League leaders Chelsea on Wednesday night to take his tally of goals to ten in 19 games.
But there is so much more than an enviable midfielder scoring record that is making Spurs’ title rivals twitch.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder began the season slowly but has moved smoothly through the gears to the point where he is gaining the status afforded to few Premier League players of bona fide matchwinner who every manager would love in his starting XI.
Indeed, there is growing evidence to suggest he is already a bigger asset that his playmaker counterpart down the Seven Sisters Road, Mesut Ozil.
This is not a controversial statement designed to wind up Arsenal fans. It is based on big-match performances.
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One aspect of Alli’s game that stands out from the German playmaker is that he delivers when it really matters and during crucial moments.
Alli has scored against the likes of Manchester City, Southampton and Chelsea this season, while Ozil has failed to deliver in big games this term for Arsene Wenger’s side.
Ozil did find the back of the net when the Gunners beat Antonio Conte’s side on home soil in September, but that was prior to their tactical switch.
Additionally, as proven against Pep Guardiola’s men in December, Ozil has a tendency to be anonymous and shy away during the marquee matches.
Not Alli, who stood up and performed against a side that had won 13 league games on the bounce and kept ten clean sheets during those encounters.
World Cup winner Ozil’s passing ability may stand out from his north London counterpart, but the former Real Madrid player cannot match his movement in the final third.
This makes Alli a more valuable player for his team as he has proven in the Premier League this season.
The England international has scored 11 goals and supplied four assists in all competitions.
By contrast, Ozil has scored nine and provided seven assists in 23 Premier League and Champions League encounters.
Alli in all, as the season progresses Alli will continue to prove why he is the more valuable player than the Gunners ace.
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