Xavi: I can see why Spurs fans compare Alli to Gazza

Date published: Friday 20th January 2017 10:11

Xavi believes that Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is “very special”, and has tipped him to reach the top.

Alli has become an integral member of Tottenham’s first team since joining in January 2015 from MK Dons.

He made his debut for the club the following August, and scored ten goals in 46 games in his first season.

The 20-year-old already has 11 goals in 25 games for the Premier League’s second-placed side this campaign, and Barcelona legend Xavi sees a bright future for the Englishman.

“There are some very promising young English midfield players – and there is no doubt he is very special,” he said.

“He is very talented, very technical. I can understand why The Tottenham fans are hoping he is the next Paul Gascoigne.

“For me, Gascoigne was an inspiration when I was developing, one of the best midfield players I have ever seen. It is important not to put pressure on Dele with these comparisons – but I can see why fans are excited.

“For him to be at the very top level, he needs to consistently play well and put in big performances against the big clubs both in England in Europe.

“He has the capabilities to be able to do just that.”

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