After returning from his loan spell with MK Dons at the beginning of the season, Tottenham's Dele Alli has been nothing short of a revelation at White Hart Lane.
Mauricio Pochettino's side are firmly in the race for the Premier League title, sitting firmly in fourth and five points behind leaders Leicester City, and whilst Harry Kane's goals have been vital, it's the consistently brilliant performances of Alli that have perhaps proved most influential.
The English midfielder's incredible rise to prominance was encapsulated by his strike against Crystal Palace last weekend, firing home a volley from outside the box after an intelligent piece of skill. As a result, Alli is now being heralded as the latest 'future of England'.
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The 19-year-old has a lot to owe Pochettino for his rise to stardom, though. From the outset this season, the Argentine has showed patience and faith in his starlet and given him the game time necessary to make his mark.
It was the 43-year-old who signed Alli last February on transfer deadline day, paying £5 million for his services and offering a five-and-a-half-year deal, such was the potential he saw in him.
For someone of such a young age, Alli has been entrusted with a regular staring place and the responsibility of marshalling the centre of the park. In fact, the England international has played 21 of Tottenham's 23 Premier League games thus far, scoring six goals.
Had the midfielder signed for Liverpool, whom Spurs reportedly pipped to his signing, his fortunes could well have been very different, especially under the much-maligned Brendan Rodgers.
Alli has thrived from Pochettino's experience and track record of nurturing young, English talent. The former Southampton boss has helped establish Kane as one of the Premier League's finest strikers and also played a vital role in developing the likes of James Ward-Prowse and Calum Chambers at his old club.
If Pochettino continues to show such faith in Alli, there's little doubt he can continue to develop and perhaps become one of the Premier League's, if not Euorpe's, best central midfielders.
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