Tottenham Hotspur legend Micky Hazard has waxed lyrical about Dele Alli following his display for Spurs in the Europa League last night.
The 24-year-old hasn’t had the best of seasons so far, making just seven appearances in all competitions, but took his chance well after being named in the starting XI against Ludogorets.
Alli, deployed as a No. 10 behind Carlos Vinicius, put in a diligent and energetic display against the Bulgarians, and weighed in with an assist en route to a 4-0 win for Tottenham.
Vinicius grabbed his first goal for Spurs in the 16th minute and then made it two on 34 minutes, courtesy of Alli’s selfless pass across goal when he could’ve had a go himself.
The £100,000-a-week playmaker also played a key part in Lucas Moura’s goal, winning back possession and finding Vinicius to set up his fellow Brazilian for the fourth of the game on 73 minutes.
Hazard took to Twitter after the game and praised Alli, as well as Tottenham’s performance and Jose Mourinho’s decision to bring several youngsters on in the second half.
Very good performance, in complete and total control and particularly impressed with the press tonight. Great to see Dele playing well and looking like he’s having fun and good to see the youngsters being thrown on. All in all a very enjoyable watch COYSSSS
— Micky Hazard (@1MickyHazard) November 26, 2020
It’s been a tough season for Alli so far, but his impressive display last night could potentially prove a turning point for his Spurs career.
Mourinho also praised the “team player” for his selflessness in setting Vinicius up for the game’s second, after which the game was won at a canter.
With the festive schedule bringing forth a glut of games in quick succession – 11 between now and January 2 – Alli should certainly be in line for more minutes now.