Xavi: Pep wants Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli

Ross Houston
April 25, 2017

It was confirmed on Monday that Dele Alli had won the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year for his performances this season.

The 21-year-old, who was singled out for praise earlier in the night by PFA Merit Award victor David Beckham, beat Spurs teammate Harry Kane to the award, with Everton's Romelu Lukaku in third place.

No candidate was more deserving than Dele, whose Spurs' contributions in the current campaign should have also landed him a Player of the Year nomination.


Alli could consider himself unlucky not to be shortlisted for the senior award too, and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said earlier this month: "I think he deserves (to be nominated) because he's showing great performances every week and in every game".

And it appears that Dele Alli is near the top of the list, not especially due to his talent, but where he is born.

The Lilywhites now sit in second position in the Premier League table, four points adrift of league leaders Chelsea. 'I am sure in the summer he will look also across Europe for players to improve the squad, but also I expect him to look in The Premier League as well.


Alli has already scored 20 goals in 44 overall matches for the Londoners this season, having also set up eleven more goals for his team-mates. It's a consolation he should still be extremely proud of. They have now won the men's young player award in five of the last six seasons - Kyle Walker in 2012, Gareth Bale in 2013, Kane in 2015 and Alli in 2016.

"The magic for me, though, is his movement to get into the box without being marked".

"It's a huge honour to be voted the victor of the award again by my fellow players", Alli told his club's official website.


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