Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy urged caution on the Colin Murray Show for talkSPORT over new Tottenham Hotspur signing Dele Alli.
The youngster signed in a £5 million deal from the MK Dons on transfer deadline day earlier this week and the former star urged fans not to get carried away in relation to his potential.
“Dele Alli’s been described as the next Steven Gerrard because of his pace and the way he drives at teams but look he’s only played 20 odd games this season,” said Murphy.
According to transfermarkt it’s 27 appearances with 12 goals and three assists in a very competitive and physical division.
Tottenham made an investment in Alli and if they wanted to fast track him at the club, they wouldn’t have allowed him to go back to the Dons on loan for the rest of the season.
He’s certainly made an impact in League One but Mauricio Pochettino will be wary because he hasn’t featured at a top level yet in the Premier League.
The challenge for Pochettino will be judging how to use him when he returns to the club looking ahead to next season.
Tottenham could well be a Champions League team next season, which will have an impact on the sort of players the club looks to add in the transfer market and it could make more sense for Spurs to loan him out again.
Either way Pochettino has a good track record with younger players from his days at Southampton and with the likes of Ryan Mason and Harry Kane at Spurs this season. He won’t have trouble judging when Alli is ready for the Tottenham first team.