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Profit Players: Dele Alli

Profit Players: Dele Alli

Tottenham supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side book their place in the last-16 of the Champions League earlier this week.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with group winners Barcelona at the Nou Camp needing to match or better Inter Milan’s result with PSV Eindhoven, and things didn’t look good for Spurs when they fell behind to Ousmane Dembele’s seventh minute opener. Yet the North London outfit secured a 1-1 draw from their visit to the Spanish giants thanks to Lucas Moura’s second half equaliser, which coupled with the 1-1 draw at the San Siro saw Tottenham progress into the knockout stages for the second successive year.

Thus, there have been many delighted Spurs fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been heaping praise on the Tottenham manager given he wasn’t afforded any new additions during the summer, yet still seems to be taking the team forward.

In fact, Pochettino has bought pretty well throughout his tenure in North London, with the £5.97 million (as per Transfermarkt) deal to lure Dele Alli away from MK Dons perhaps the pick of the bunch – it was a genius Pochettino call which is proving to be an incredible Spurs steal.

Ultimately, Alli was widely regarded as one the best young players outside of English football’s top two divisions during his time at stadium:mk, not least in the first half of the 2014/15 campaign in netting 12 times before Spurs spent £5.97 million on his services at the end of the January window that season.

He was loaned back to the League One side for the rest of the campaign to thus help them win promotion to the Championship, but upon return to Tottenham in the summer of 2015, the 22-year-old has since taking it up another level entirely.

The Englishman has become one of the most influential players in the Premier League during his time at Spurs in netting at least ten goals in each of his three completed seasons in North London, including 22 in all competitions in the 2016/17 campaign as Pochettino’s side finished second in the table behind champions Chelsea.

And with an impressive 43 assists in that time as well, the England international has proven to be an incredible find from the Spurs hierarchy, and one that Pochettino has developed and nurtured into a vital player for both club and indeed country – he already has 33 England caps to his name at the tender age of 22.

Yes, there have been a few but ultimately short struggles for form during his time at Tottenham, but on the whole he has become an outstanding attacker under the guidance of Pochettino – he is now worth £90 million as per Transfermarkt.

And given Spurs spent a paltry £5.97 million on him back in 2015, which at the time was something of a gamble given he hadn’t played in English football’s top two divisions prior to then, it has proven to be a genius call from Pochettino, and very much an incredible steal from the North London outfit.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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