After Dele Alli’s man-of-the-match display against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, Twitter exploded with praise for the young Tottenham midfielder.
Following a rough week for the England international, in which he did not feature at all in either of the Three Lions’ friendlies, Spurs fans rejoiced in his success against their London rivals.
The result meant that the gap between Spurs and Chelsea is a massive eight points, leaving the Blues facing a season without Champions League football.
Alli was at the heart of the toppling of Chelsea, harassing their backbone at everything chance and showcasing his trademark attacking flair.
During a match in which Alvaro Morata broke his scoring drought, Harry Kane made his return from injury, and Christian Eriksen scored a wonder goal, Alli nonetheless stole the headlines on social media.
His brace sparked comparisons with a fellow England international, invited praise from ex-Premier League stars, and united the Tottenham Twitterverse in joy.
Contributing to all three Spurs goals in a rampant 3-1 away victory, onlookers applauded his impressive work rate that led to Eriksen’s opening strike.
Dele Alli chasing down a nothing ball made that btw
— Billie (@Billie_T) April 1, 2018
And after the Englishman’s well-taken goal 17 minutes into the second half, football fans delighted in Alli’s sublime technique.
That’s a world class piece of play by Alli. The run, the touch, the finish. Wonderful ball as well but it’s the type of goal that if a foreign signing had scored we’d be going mad.
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) April 1, 2018
Wow that Spurs goal is incredible. What at touch and finish by Dele Alli! That pass too! ?
— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) April 1, 2018
And with Alli doubling his goal tally and Tottenham’s lead just four minutes later, the Twittersphere delighted in Alli proving his doubters wrong. Many mocked those in the media who had depicted Alli as having a slump season.
really too bad about that off year dele alli is having
— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) April 1, 2018
DELE ALLI! WHAT DIP IN FORM? ???
— Nikhil Saglani (@Nikhil_Saglani) April 1, 2018
MAN LIKE DELE ALLI 2-1 SHUT UP HATERSSSSSSS
— Max (@xDuoMax) April 1, 2018
Even ex-Tottenham player Steven Pienaar chimed in with praise for Alli’s response to his doubters.
That’s how you answer your critics Delle Alli
— Steven Pienaar (@therealstevenpi) April 1, 2018
The match marked his 100th Premier League appearance, a landmark which he has marked with an impressive goal and assist tally.
Dele Alli has 36 goals and 25 assists in 100 Premier League appearances.
He's a 21-year-old midfielder.
Some people still don't think he's good.
— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) April 1, 2018
Dele Alli now has as many goals and assists in his first 100 Premier League games (61) as Eden Hazard had.
— bet365 (@bet365) April 1, 2018
With the World Cup approaching, the conversation inevitably turned to the battle between Alli and Jesse Lingard for a starting spot.
Jesse Lingard taught Dele Alli that.
— Ryan. ? (@Vintage_Utd) April 1, 2018
Not much need for the pissy Lingard/Alli takes really. England have them both, and that's a great thing.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) April 1, 2018