Jamie Redknapp sets 21-year-old challenge ahead of Chelsea FC v Tottenham

The Spurs legend is urging Dele Alli to leave his mark against Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge on Sunday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Spurs legend Jamie Redknapp Photo: BT Sport

Jamie Redknapp has challenged Dele Alli to respond to his critics when Tottenham Hotspur make the trip to Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The England international is facing a battle to secure a spot in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for the World Cup opener against Tunisia.

Alli hasn’t been able to hit the same heights at Tottenham this term after he impressed during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns.

The 21-year-old has only scored six times and has also made nine assists in 29 games in the Premier League this season.

However, Alli has only scored one goal in his last 10 games in all competitions to raise questions about his form.

Southgate went with Lingard ahead of Alli for England’s recent friendlies against the Netherlands.

Former Spurs midfielder Redknapp wants to see Alli make his mark on the London derby at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

“He certainly hasn’t hit the heights of last year. He currently has six goals and nine assists in the Premier League,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“At the same stage last season he had 15 goals and five assists. Back then he had a lot of hunger. Now there seems to be an element of arrogance.”

He added: “His 100th Premier League appearance on Sunday would be a great time to show that, especially with Harry Kane likely to be missing.”

Alli netted 18 times and made seven assists in the Premier League last term to win the PFA young player of the year award.

In his debut season in the Premier League, the England star scored 10 times and created nine goals to enjoy a brilliant breakthrough season in the English top flight following his £5m switch from MK Dons.

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