Tottenham Hotspur have started the season in blistering form and, therefore, it does not come as a major surprise that as many as five Lilywhites players have made the shortlist for the 2020 FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World XI.
While Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld, Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min deservedly made the list, some Spurs fans on social media were shocked to see Dele Alli’s name among the 55 most voted players.
Alli has struggled to get a look in for Tottenham this season, with his only Premier League start coming in the 1-0 loss to Everton on opening day (transfermarkt.com).
Most of the midfielder’s minutes this season have come in the Europa League but he was overlooked by Jose Mourinho for Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Antwerp on Thursday.
The England international has even been backed to leave Spurs when the transfer window opens next month (Daily Mail).
Some Spurs fans saw his inclusion in the list for FIFPRO Men’s World XI as further evidence of the meaninglessness of such awards.
Dele? Is this the 2018 version?
— Guy Garrard (@guygarrard) December 10, 2020
Wait, Dele Alli ?😂👀 I love him but surely this is wrong https://t.co/henyH0vRuS
— CharlieTastic (@charlesville97) December 10, 2020
Dele but no Gio 😁😁😁😁😁 https://t.co/089QmbLhrr
— . (@4KMATIC) December 10, 2020
Dele Alli what https://t.co/wZPszewBGc
— Thiago’s Dad (@Anchor_Don) December 10, 2020
How did dele manage that 😂
— Oliver Grant (@oliver_grant24) December 10, 2020
Harry and Sonny are obvious. Hugo has had been great since project restart. Toby has reinvented himself since then. But dele really?? Had like a good month when jose first came in but think that's pushing it https://t.co/l3OkhWLCUQ
— Ryan Matthews (@Ryan_Matt98) December 10, 2020
Do these people even watch football or just pick who they think were the best players 🤦♂️🤦♂️ https://t.co/MvaPx5HDuY
— James (@JimSpurs90) December 10, 2020
Dele has played more cricket that football this season and still made this? Best player itw https://t.co/av7JDM49Wk
— Ethan (@Ethan___THFC) December 10, 2020
What's dele there for 😭? Gamer of the year? https://t.co/2CE3VYn5sJ
— ~ (@Kian_Thfc) December 10, 2020
— Jersey Spurs (@Jer5eySpurs) December 10, 2020
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