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How did Tottenham supporters react to signing Dele Alli in 2015?

Today the England international celebrates his 22nd birthday.



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The 11th April marks Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli’s birthday.

It also presents an ideal opportunity to look back at the now 22-year-old midfielder’s exceptional time at the club to date.

Since signing for Tottenham in February 2015, joining from League One side Milton Keynes Dons, he has made 101 English top-flight appearances, scoring 36 goals and providing 26 assists.

Earning an England National Team call-up in his debut season, after just seven Premier League appearances, he has gone on to become a key player for Mauricio Pochettino‘s side and a regular at international level for the Three Lions.

Remarkably, among the all-time Premier League goal contributors under the age of 22, Dele Alli ranks sixth.

But how did Tottenham fans initially react to news that the highly promising midfielder would be joining their ranks? The following posts were left by members of The Fighting Cock Forum over three years ago…

Comparisons could be made between Alli and Josh Onomah’s playing styles, but their individual career trajectories since the 2nd February 2015 couldn’t have been any more different.

In the three years since joining Spurs, the former has earned 23 England caps and established himself as a key player for the Lilywhites.

Meanwhile, the latter has been shipped out on loan to Aston Villa, playing first-team football in the Sky Bet Championship.

‘Top class’, Alli has turned out to be, and Tottenham’s policy of buying young talent exists to this day.

Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth, both under the age of 22, arrived at the club in the previous summer window, accompanied by the relatively shrewd signings of Fernando Llorente and Serge Aurier, with Lucas Moura following in January.

Incorrect, but the 22-year-old quickly fought his way into the Spurs first team fold. Mousa Dembele retains his ‘spot’ even to this day, while Alli has assumed a more attacking role combining with the prolific Harry Kane.

Comparisons were likely to be made between Alli and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain given the duo’s shared-nationality and huge potential.

Like the former Arsenal midfielder, who completed a £35 million move to Liverpool at the beginning of the season, Alli made his debut within a year of signing for Tottenham – in a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.

Alli, however, has since surpassed his international teammate’s achievements, despite being two years his junior.

Alli has brought exactly what Pochettino would have been looking for, and more!

It is fair to say Spurs boss Pochettino has done a fine job of nurturing British talent at club level and this has paid its dividends for Gareth Southgate as manager of England, with Alli being a prime example.

Ryan Mason may no longer be a Spurs player, but the Argentine head coach has since overseen the progression of Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Harry Winks from club to international recognition.

Chris is the founder of The Boot Room. He is a Swindon Town supporter, having lived in Wiltshire for most of his years. His work has also featured on Squawka, Bleacher Report and Eurosport.

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Georges-Kevin Nkoudou clearly has no future at Tottenham Hotspur if Mainz deal goes ahead

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to let Nkoudou go on loan.

Mathew Nash



It appears Tottenham Hotspur are ready to let Georges-Kevin Nkoudou leave the club on loan before the end of the month. According to Sky Sports, Spurs are ready to let the winger join Bundesliga side Mainz until the end of the season.

The Frenchman, who cost £9.4 million in 2016, has failed to make an impact at Spurs and was loaned out to Burnley last season. So seeing him being shipped out again may not come as a surprise.

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However, Nkoudou has recently shown what he is capable of. The 23-year-old had a brilliant pre-season as Tottenham won the International Champions Cup. He was named man-of-the-match in the penalty loss to Barcelona, in which he scored. He also found the net against AC Milan in a 1-0 win. His form this summer was electric and led many to believe might have a chance at Tottenham this season.

So the fact he is being loaned out probably suggests one thing. Nkoudou has no long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur.

Even after an impressive pre-season and with Tottenham thin on the ground the young Frenchman has been told to pack his bags and head elsewhere.

This may only be a temporary deal, but it appears the precursor to a more permanent Tottenham exit. 

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Five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium

There’s a lot to look forward to if you’re Spurs fan.

Liam Thomas



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Tottenham are still waiting to move into their new stadium and eventually the time will come for Mauricio Pochettino, Harry Kane and co. to settle into their new state of the art home.

So put aside all your disappointment, for the time being, if you’re a Spurs fan, and take a look at the positives: the fact your club is about to be playing its football at one of the world’s most impressive sport set-ups.

Here at The Boot Room, we have found five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium.

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1. It will be the largest football club stadium in London

The new Spurs stadium will be the largest football club stadium in the English capital, with a total capacity of 62,062, surpassing fierce rivals Arsenal‘s Emirates Stadium which holds 59,867.

It had been initially planned for the stadium to only hold 60,000, but an updated layout and seating scheme have meant that the capacity has increased.

Just imagine those European nights in North London this season; will some great new memories be made?

2. 10-year NFL agreement

Perhaps the most surprising of the facts is that Spurs’ new stadium will also be the home of NFL in London, with the North London side agreeing to a 10-year deal to host NFL games, with the first taking place on October 14th.

The stadium has facilities already in place for when the American Football sides visit the UK including; four dressing rooms dedicated to the NFL and a media suite.

3. Retractable pitch

The stadium will be the first in the UK to have two different pitches inside one bowl; a real turf football pitch and an artificial surface underneath.

Is this something we’ll see more football clubs incorporating into their stadiums in the future? Or merely a bonus for the Spurs team to benefit from.

4. Skywalk stadium tour

The new stadium will feature a “skywalk”, an attraction for tourists and visitors to the stadium to use and participate in as an alternative to the stadium tour.

The skywalk will allow visitors to climb the exterior of the stadium giving them an unparalleled and unique view of the pitch.

5. Microbrewery

A world first for any football stadium; the new setup will have a microbrewery inside for fans and visitors to enjoy during their visit.

Visitors to the stadium will be able to enjoy a selection of local craft beers created and brewed in partnership with Tottenham and the fans.

Away days to Spurs will be a lot more fun in coming seasons.

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One winner and loser as Tottenham’ face increased stadium delays

Spurs have been forced to delay moving into their new stadium.

Liam Thomas



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News broke at the end of the Premier League’s opening weekend that Tottenham’s move to their new stadium had been delayed even further, due to issues with critical safety systems – a bitter pill for Mauricio Pochettino‘s side and Spurs fans to take after their quietest summer transfer window to date.

Spurs did, however, get off to a winning start in their opening day fixture against Newcastle at St. James’ Park, winning 2-1. However, they will have to play their home fixtures at the Wembley Stadium for the foreseeable future.

The timing of the matter is far from ideal, and the optimistic approach Spurs’ owner Daniel Levy adopted last season, towards the new stadium being built in time for the 2018/19 campaign, is beginning to look laughable.

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Winner – Tottenham‘s Premier League opposition

Tottenham won’t be playing any football at the New White Hart Lane Stadium until October at the earliest, and Premier League fixtures against top-four rivals Liverpool and Manchester City will be played either at the Wembley Stadium or elsewhere.

This will come as great news to Spurs’ Premier League opponents during this time frame, who will have the chance to capitalise on the North London club’s misfortune.

Despite Spurs being more familiar with the Wembley Stadium this season than last, it was meant to be a one-off, and this whole ordeal seems to only benefit teams playing against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

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Loser – Mauricio Pochettino and his players

Tottenham’s first Premier League win at the Wembley Stadium last season didn’t come until October 14th, and it was this initial uncertainty that hurt Spurs so severely at the start of their previous campaign.

The stadium has brought Mauricio Pochettino, and his players mixed results, including a Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus, and it’s hardly a place to call home.

Begining the season with extra away games is far from ideal, and Pochettino and his side could be in for a very sluggish start which will only add to the pressure mounting on their shoulders.

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