Jamie Redknapp: Tottenham have already found the next Steven Gerrard
The former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp likens Dele Alli to Steven Gerrard
Jamie Redknapp says Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has all the attributes to emulate Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
The England midfielder’s goal-scoring run came to an end on Sunday afternoon after Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 win against West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.
Alli has still managed to score five goals in his last four games in the Premier League, including the midfielder’s double in a 2-0 victory over current leaders Chelsea earlier this month.
The 20-year-old has already scored 10 times in 33 games in the 2016-17 Premier League season so far, which means Alli has already equalled his tally from his first top-flight campaign.
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp discussed the similarities between Alli and Gerrard.
“When Steven Gerrard first started training with the Liverpool first team aged 17 I remember thinking, ‘We won’t see another like him for a long time.’ Now we already have another in Dele Alli,” Redknapp told The Daily Mail.
“As our table below shows, Alli has been involved in 25 more goals than Gerrard at the same stage in their careers — even if Steven started out playing in more defensive positions.
“Some of the things Alli is doing on the ball are magnificent. Just look at his scooped pass for Harry Kane to complete his hat-trick against West Brom. You never see Alli on his haunches. He cruises through games and after the final whistle he looks like he could play another 90 minutes! It should not be that easy for a 20-year-old.
“He is thriving playing off the striker — where Gerrard played under Rafa Benitez — and Mauricio Pochettino deserves credit for doing the same with Alli.”
Tottenham and Liverpool are level on 45 points and seven points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Alli moved to Spurs in a £5m deal from MK Dons in 2015 before he was named the PFA young player of the year after his first top-flight campaign.