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Dele Alli may finally live up to his ‘Gazza’ billing

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Dele Alli may finally live up to his ‘Gazza’ billing

The Tottenham Hotspur star looked like a Gazza tribute act against Leicester City yesterday.

In just four years at Tottenham Hotspur, former England star Paul Gascoigne made quite the impact. Signed from Newcastle United in 1988 he went on to become a cult legend at White Hart Lane for his outstanding performances. During his time with Spurs, he won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Year and goal of the season in 1990-91.

His brilliant poise, technique and on-the-edge style made him a firm fan favourite, even if his exit to Lazio was mired in controversy.

Tottenham have rarely had mercurial British talent like it since. Harry Kane and Gareth Bale are cut from a different cloth, not the natural talent Gazza had that fans flocked to.

1991: Paul Gascoigne #8 of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates their win after the FA Cup Semi-Final against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in London. Tottenham Hotspur won the match 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty/Allsport

Now, however, they might have their new Gazza. Because, finally, Dele Alli is looking like a phenom in the Tottenham midfield.

In recent weeks he has has been in some of his best form for Tottenham. The 22-year-old scored in the win over Leicester City at the weekend and continues to win over fans with his natural ability.

 

“He is probably the best young midfielder I have seen in many years

“Probably going back as far as Gascoigne.”

Sir Alex Ferguson on Dele Alli


Wonderful vision, incredible mind for the game and the ease in which he plays the game has many comparisons to Gazza. As does the way he plays the game on the edge.

Sir Alex Ferguson once stated that Alli was the best England midfielder since Gascoigne and now fully fit he is starting to show just why.

Tottenham fans will hope he continues to shine for the club and, unlike Gazza, he sticks around for longer than four years.

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