Graeme Souness: Why Tottenham star Dele Alli destined for greatness
Graeme Souness says Dele Alli will become a world-class player if the Tottenham star can stay grounded and avoid injury
Graeme Souness believes Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli is destined for greatness at White Hart Lane.
The 19-year-old produced an influential performance in the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham midfield at Goodison Park as Alli scored the visitors’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday afternoon.
He’s 19 years old and he should only get better and better
Alli, who scored his first England goal in a 2-0 win against France at Wembley in November, has effortlessly made the transition from League One to the Premier League following his £5m transfer in the summer.
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Souness can’t see why Alli won’t blossom into a world-class player if the England starlet can stay grounded and avoid any serious injuries in the coming years.
Souness told Sky Sports: “He shows such maturity, he takes risks. He’ll run with the ball, he’ll try and take people on with a dribble and he’s got great athleticism,” Souness said.
“He’s 19 years old and he should only get better and better, he’s a baby in terms of football. There’ll be a lot of people thinking ‘how did we miss him?’
“Unless he gets a bad injury or a big head on his shoulders he’s destined to be a really, really top player. He’s a modern footballer, he’s a ground coverer with technique.”
Alli, 19, has scored five goals and has made three assists in 17 Premier League appearances for the north London side so far in his first season in the English top-flight.