‘He can be the new Roy Keane’ – Sky Sports pundit on Tottenham star

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur made the perfect preparation for a trip to Barcelona by winning their last two Premier League games.

It was important to get back to winning ways after the bitter disappointment of the North London derby.

One man who has really picked up his game of late is Dele Alli, particularly last time out away to Leicester.

The young England man scored his 50th goal for Tottenham during the game, a carbon copy of his first for the club.

At the age of 22, he is far above the likes of Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, and Steven Gerrard, who all needed plenty more games to reach this landmark.

Alli stepped into some big shoes in the absence of both Kane and Eriksen, but did so with aplomb; a really mature performance from the midfield man.

Now, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has compared Alli to Man United legend Roy Keane.

Neville had this to say on MNF this week (as reported by the Express): “What I would say on Dele Alli is, in my view he will evolve, he will change, I think he could end up in central midfield.

“I think he could end up controlling the game, I think he could end up being a good passer of the ball.

“I think his mentality is fantastic and his hunger is brilliant.

“So you think about first to the tackle, second balls, things that would be the ugly side of the game, Dele Alli can do that.

“Obviously he’ll need to develop and understand how to defend more because he’s played further forward at the moment.

“I think he’s a flexible football player that will evolve over his career and will end up with the ability to go back deeper.

“Look, Roy Keane is the most influential player I ever played with but I think Dele Alli has got that in him.

“In the early years of 21, 22, you sort of look at that if he develops as he is doing under Mauricio Pochettino,
“I see no bounds of where he could end up.

“Some of the greatest midfield players of the last ten or fifteen years, Steven Gerrard or Paul Scholes or Roy Keane, they ended up being a lot deeper as their career, they would charge into the box every time.”

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  1. I’m 73 years old and been a supporter of Spurs all my life as all my family. I’ve lived on the White Hart Lane Estate. I’ve watched Stanley Mathews play for Blackpool and Alf Ramsey play at the back for us at the old ground. I worked for years in Paxton Road in the print. I used to sit the ground side of the white wall when I was 6 or 7 until my uncle collected me after the game. Then paid 6p to get into corner kids section when I was older. Tonight I nearly had a heart attack watching this match. What a brilliant fighting performance keep going boys. So proud of the lot of you. You have made a old man proud . God Bless

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