Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has declared himself a big fan of Dele Alli – and has tipped the midfielder to lead Tottenham to a top-four finish this season.
Tottenham’s hopes of reaching the Champions League look bleak after a dismal start to the season that has left them 11 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
But according to The Sun, Redknapp believes that a rise in form from the 23-year-old could bring about an upturn in results for his old side.
He said: “Dele is striking a bit of form again. He is a key player for me, I’m such a fan of his. They tell me he is a great lad as well.
“He hit such high standards a year or two before. If he can get back to that form again then that would be a major boost.
“Tottenham have it all on now to get in the top four this year.
“The only thing now in their favour is that Arsenal look so poor. Chelsea are doing great, they’re going to be challenging. Leicester are going to be bang in there.”
Redknapp’s theory has one glaring oversight, in that if Tottenham – already behind Arsenal and Manchester United by a handful of points – have their rivals’ poor form going in their favour, then the likes of the Gunners and the Red Devils also have that so-called advantage as they pursue similar goals.
The reality is that Leicester are firmly in the hunt this year, with the Foxes looking like disrupting the dominance of the ‘big six’ that have occupied those positions in the Premier League for four out of the last five seasons – the exception being when they won the title itself.
That means beating their usual rivals may not be enough on its own, and with champions Manchester City the team within closest range to Spurs, the substantial weight of the task is getting heavier by the week, given their dreadful form.
Alli certainly has improved of late, with the Spurs man achieving a match rating of over 7/10 from WhoScored in five of his six most recent games for the club.
But it seems at this stage that Spurs are more likely to be outdone by the laws of mathematics in their bid to reach the top four having struggled for points so far.
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