Jermaine Jenas believes that Tottenham’s Dele Alli makes teammate Harry Kane tick and that he’s been sorely missed by injury during the early stages of the season.
Alli was absent with a hamstring problem and made his first appearance of the campaign off the bench against Arsenal before the international break.
The 23-year-old has had to be patient so far this term, but will hope he can have an impact in the Premier League home clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
He’s an attacking midfielder that has established himself as a top performer in recent years and is usually an ever-present in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Pundit Jenas feels that Alli knows how to get the best out of centre-forward Kane and believes the English duo have a special connection on the pitch.
“He needs a big season obviously, he does something to Harry Kane that the others can’t quite do,” Jenas told BBC 5 Live Sport.
“The only one who I think really has got that selfless element to his game where he sacrifices a lot of runs and creates a lot of space for Harry Kane is Dele. I think Harry has missed him and I think that’s what will get him back into the team.”
As he works his way back up to full fitness, it will be no surprise to see Alli restored to the best XI and his partnership with Kane is certainly an effective one.
He may feel he has a point to prove this campaign due to a slight drop off last season, where he managed seven goals and eight assists in 38 games across all competitions.
Alli has shown in the past that he’s capable of reaching much higher levels and he will play a crucial role if Spurs are going to get over the line for some kind of silverware.
Kane has started this campaign with three goals in four games for Spurs, but the return of Alli to supply him should add an extra threat.