Phil Neville highlights the qualities of Tottenham Hotspur-owned Dele Alli

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Tottenham Hotspur have signed a very good player in Dele Alli, according to former Manchester United and Everton star Phil Neville.

Former Manchester United and Everton star Phil Neville has been singing the praises of Dele Alli on BBC Sport.

Alli joined Tottenham Hotspur from MK Dons on a five-and-a-half year contract on transfer deadline day on Monday, as confimed by the North London club's official website.

The youngster, though, has been loaned back to the League One outfit for the rest of the season, and he will continue his development there.

The 18-year-old is rated as one of the best young players in the lower divisions of English football, and Neville is full of praise for him.

"Dele Alli is very impressive, he played in the England youth teams,” he told BBC Sport. “He can go all the way to the top. Liverpool were linked to him but a great buy for the future for Spurs.

"He is brave, box-to-box player and has great technique. He has learnt his trade at MK Dons and can now have the confidence to take it on to the big stage.”

Neville’s analysis of Alli suggests that Tottenham have made a very god signing indeed.

It is also a smart move for Spurs to loan the teenager back to MK Dons so that his progress this season is not disrupted.

One should be wary of expecting too much too soon from Alli. He is still only 18 years of age and is far from a finished article, and needs to be afforded time and patience.

It is unlikely that Alli will be made a first-team regular when he turns to Tottenham next season. He is likely to be playing for the youth teams, but if he makes rapid progress, then perhaps he could be playing for the senior side.

Who knows?

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