After a summer of World Cup heartbreak, Dele Alli could be set for a boost by putting pen to paper on a new contract which will see him earn £100,000 per week, according to The Sun.
The news comes after a frustrating and disappointing 2017/18 campaign for the midfielder, who scored 14 goals in 50 games compared to 22 goals in the same number of games in 2016/17.
Yet, Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are clearly keen to put their faith in the youngster and back him to return to the peaks of his sensational first two seasons in the Premier League, though many would point out that last season was far from a poor return.
“At 21 years of age, when you set your standards as high as I did in the last two years, it’s not always the case that you’re going to be able to reach them all the time. Some people think if you’re not scoring or assisting then you’re playing badly, but I criticise myself all the time. I always think I can do better, I can do more for the team, so it’s just about working on myself and my own game.”
Alli has undoubted potential and is one of the first names on Pochettino’s team-sheet, so it is no surprise that the club are so keen to tie down his future for the long-term by extending his deal beyond the current agreement until 2022.
At £100,000 per week, he may be one of Tottenham’s highest earners, but it represents a bargain for a player of his quality particularly put into context in the current market and given that Dele is an asset that the club cannot afford to upset or risk losing. After all, the Mirror cited the Global Sports Salaries Survey in November as saying that Manchester United’s current average wage is in six figures.
As Pochettino continues to build and develop his young side, Dele will be at the heart of it in midfield and providing a link with Harry Kane in attack, making him just as valuable as the man that he so often assists.
Putting him level with Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris, who The Sun say are Tottenham’s top earners on £100,000 per week, is justified after his performances over the past three seasons.
A young English talent who scores goals for fun and sets even more up, Dele Alli is exactly the kind of player that Daniel Levy should consider adjusting his wage structure for.