Dele Alli could be a future star for Tottenham - scouting report

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It will be eight years this summer since Tottenham struck a deal for John Bostock. Then, the Crystal Palace youngster had a bourgeoning reputation as one of the most talented youngster in the country, and had already made history by becoming the youngest ever player to represent the Eagles at 15-years-old.

Fast forward to 2015 and Bostock, still alarmingly young at 23, is plying his trade in Belgium for Oud-Heverlee Leuven. He didn't play a single Premier League game for Tottenham.

British talent

Perhaps unfairly, when it comes to young British talent Spurs' reputation has always suffered because of that deal despite the fact that they've brought on the likes of Michael Dawson, Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone, and more latterly Ryan Mason and Harry Kane. Gareth Bale could be put in the same category although it's hard to escape the feeling that he would have eventually excelled wherever he ended up.

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So it was with some trepidation that the reports of Dele Alli's switch to white Hart Lane have been met this morning. The 18-year-old MK Dons youngster is considered to be one of the brightest young talents in the country; he's already scored 12 goals from midfield in League One this term, and has already turned out for England U19's.

Sky Sports report this morning that Alli is currently undergoing a medical with Spurs ahead of a £5 million deal, which is considerably less than the fee touted by the media when it seemed as though he was heading for Newcastle. Sky also report that he'll be allowed with his current club until the end of the season.


By all accounts it seems like a good deal for Spurs. Previously, MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has been effuse in his praise of the young midfielder - and his opinion is seemingly backed up by those in the know.

“I’ve gone past words now for him,” Robinson said. “I just think he gets better and better and he does all his talking with the football.”

Spurs' quick strike to land Alli certainly seems to be a shrewd one based on his raw potential. The England U19 international is something of a throwback in modern football;  he's physically imposing, dynamic and energetic - but that doesn't mean he's all power no precision. 

Indeed his record in front of goal this term suggests that he's got more than brute strength, although if he has a weakness then it is his long-range passing radar.

He shone against Manchester United in MK Dons' Capital One Cup win against Manchester United last year in a deeper role which highlighted his tenacity, however given his energy levels he would certainly be suited to a more conventional midfield position that would allow him to get box-to-box.


Alli has drawn comparisons with Aaron Ramsey and Steven Gerrard in the past, and the latter certainly seems a more comfortable fit, although it goes without saying that he has some way to go before he's anywhere near as established.

It's an encouraging sign for Tottenham fans that their club is targeting players like Alli. He certainly fits the mould for Pochettino who, during his time in England, has shown an inclination to work with young English talent that he could mould to suit his particular style. It's hard to imagine he'd be at the club under certain other managers at White Hart Lane.

Newcastle and Liverpool were both linked but his desire to remain near his home in Milton Keynes swayed his decision, which is likely to be a source of frustration for Newcastle's Graham Carr, one of the most respected talent-spotters in the game.

Although Spurs have a deluge of midfielders at the moment the likes of Paulinho and Etienne Capoue aren't likely to be around for long - although Alli's arrival certainly casts a doubt over the long-term future of Tom Carroll, who remains highly rated by the club.

Tottenham's transfer policy has rightly come in for plenty of criticism in recent seasons as they try and mount a top four challenge once more, and while the arrival of Delli won't have that sort of immediate impact, it shows that there is a clarity of thought at the very top and that things are moving in the right direction. Ultimately, that's all that Tottenham fans crave.

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