Dele Alli will return to Premier League action with Tottenham Hotspur buoyed by his success with the national side at the World Cup last summer. The young midfielder is desperate to put last season’s below-par campaign behind him and recapture the form he showed upon first joining the North London outfit. Spurs’ title hopes could hinge on players like Alli hitting the ground running in the season ahead.
Alli has enjoyed a somewhat meteoric rise to the top level of English football, after plying his trade with MK Dons initially. When he moved from the at the time League One outfit to Spurs permanently in the 2015-16 season, Alli instantly made a name for himself and ended the campaign as the PFA Young Player of the Year. After bagging ten league goals, he also earned a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016.
The Dons certainly missed their star player after his departure, and were relegated to League Two at the end of 2017-18. However, according to Oddschecker, the club, which was founded in 2004, has a strong chance of bouncing straight back up with manager Paul Tisdale at the helm.
Mauricio Pochettino has made no new signings over the summer, and will be calling on his current stars to raise their games over the campaign ahead. Alli is one such player who will be expected to make the difference for the Argentine.
In the 2017-18 campaign, Alli scored nine goals and registered 13 assists, which totalled more direct goal involvement than the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard. Despite these returns, the 22-year-old’s season was considered quite disappointing after his hugely impressive campaign the previous year. Alli was inconsistent for Spurs last time out, and would go from putting in a superb performance to disappearing in the following game.
Alli’s best season to date was in 2016-17, when he made the number 10 position at White Hart Lane his own. During that campaign Spurs ended in second place in the top flight with 86 points, seven behind champions Chelsea. Alli contributed 18 goals and 11 assists, while also developing a telepathic relationship with Harry Kane who ended the campaign with 29 goals to his name and the Golden Boot.
The start of the Russia World Cup didn’t go too well for Alli, as he picked up an injury in the first group game against Tunisia and then missed out on the 6-1 annihilation of Panama. He returned to action against Sweden, though, and scored a goal to help England book their place in the Semi-final of the competition. This will doubtlessly give the player a big confidence boost going into the new club season.
Alli will be hoping to have his best season yet in a Spurs shirt, as the youngster continues his incredible rise to the top. If he can help the Lilywhites challenge for the title, there will be no questioning the player’s world-class credentials.