Spurs have added some spice to the upcoming North London derby by piping Arsenal to the signing of 18-year old England Under-19 International, Dele Alli, from MK Dons on a long-term contract according to the Express.
Alli has raised much attention from Premier League clubs with his impressions with the League One leaders this season, with not less than 5 clubs including Arsenal and Liverpool interested. His 12 goals ranks him the highest scoring midfielder in that division and while the two red clubs were hoping on making a swoop, Spurs have won the race with a £5m offer.
The energetic goal-scoring midfielder has been likened to Steven Gerrard, basically for his ability to make play as well as a keen eye for goal, and many rate him as one of the most promising prospects in English football, with the Demarai Grays and Daniel Crowleys.
He was amongst the star men of that third-round League Cup demolition of Manchester United in September last year but won’t be available to repeat such in the League with Tottenham as he will spend the rest of the season trying to help the Dons gain promotion into the Championship.
It then also means he will not be available for the 4th versus 5th North London derby by lunchtime on Saturday. Not that he would have played anyway, as Pochettino’s midfield at the moment revolves around Christian Eriksen, Moussa Dembele and Ryan Mason, but he may become available for this kind of games when he joins fully next season.
Highly rated he may be, but surely there can be no regret on the Gunner’s part for missing out on him as there is a plethora of box-to-box talent in the Arsenal midfield stream, both at present and in the future. The qualities of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey have the prospects of Daniel Crowley and Gedion Zelalem as huge understudies, not to mention the newly acquired ‘new Patrick Vieira’ – Krystian Bielik – who is not just a defensive midfielder but can pop into the box with a few thundering headers.
Alli represents Tottenham’s only piece of incoming business in this transfer window, even though Mauricio Pochettino wanted a host of players shipped off the club’s books on loan. Ettiene Capoue and Younes Kaboul both refused to go to West Brom, while Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy reportedly vetoed a move to West Ham for Emmanuel Adebayor as he feared the hammers were rivals to them for the top four (really?).
Some successes were eventually recorded with Aaron Lennon settling for Everton as his loan destination after turning down Hull and twice rejecting Mark Hughes’s invitation to Stoke City. Benoit Assou-Ekotto got released from his contract, and that was after Kyle Naughton had been sold to Swansea earlier during the window.
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