The North London club announced today that youngster Dele Alli had committed his long-term future to Tottenham after signing a contract extension which runs through until 2021.
The 19-year-old midfielder has been a breath of fresh air for the Lillywhites since arriving from MK Dons last season. Signing for a fee of £5 million, Alli was labeled as a possible future star before even arriving at White Hart Lane, but the impact he has had on Mauricio Pochettino’s side has been more than anyone could have ever imagined.
It’s been a year to remember for Alli, from breaking into the Tottenham first team and scoring his first premier league goal away to Leicester City earlier in the season. To getting his first England cap, and not only impressing but scoring an absolute wonder goal on his debut in a 2-0 friendly win over France back in November. It’s a lot more than his club and country that are delightfully surprised with his performances, you can bet that Alli himself is more surprised than anyone.
As Alli made his way through the MK Dons youth system, many had their eye on him as he started to make a real impact at the lower league levels. He was courted by teams such as Liverpool and Man United but it was Spurs who made the move to sign him on transfer deadline day in February. Once they had signed him, Spurs sent him back out on loan to Milton Keynes for the remainder of the season, where he helped the league 1 side secure promotion to the championship, before trying his trade in the Premier League.
He was thrusted straight into the action, as he made his Spurs debut on the opening day of the season in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, and from that wasted little time becoming a first-team regular. He was given his shot early in a very young Tottenham team, and ran away with it.
Alli has started 15 of the past 16 Premier League games since he first started a game for Tottenham in their 1-0 win at Sunderland in September and has notched 5 goals in his 18 league appearances. It isn’t just his goals from midfield, its the way he carries himself on and off the field. Despite being slightly hotheaded at times, Alli plays like he’s had multiple years experience in the Premier League. For someone who still has plenty to learn, he’s at the right club, with the right manager, and he is heading in the right direction.
“I’m delighted. The club has been really great to me since I arrived.” Alli told Spurs TV.
“We have a great young team and I can only see us moving forward. I am really happy to be here.”
“When I signed here I wanted to play for Tottenham and I was not thinking about going anywhere else at the time. The manager and everyone have helped me a lot and thankfully I have broken in and got a few games.”
“I have shown a lot of people what I can do and established myself as a Premier League player but I am 19 and I have still got a lot to learn. I can’t think of a better place at the minute to do that.”
Alli continued to show appreciation for the club’s philosophy, and praised the style of football his club plays. ‘The football suits me as a player and its a great club to be at.”