Tottenham Hotspur new boy Dele Alli highlights his versatility

Tottenham Hotspur completed a deal to sign Dele Alli from MK Dons in January.

Tottenham Hotspur's new midfielder Dele Alli has told the FA's official site that he feels he is versatile enough to play as either a defensive or an attacking midfielder when he moves to White Hart Lane.

Alli has generally been given licence to go forward by his current club MK Dons this season, but the 18-year-old insists that he is just as happy playing as a shield in midfield.

That could put him in a good position at Spurs, as it looks easier to break in as a defensive midfielder than an attacking one with the Lilywhites. 

"It doesn't matter to me, I don't mind playing that No. 8 attacking role, but I feel I can do both, sitting and attacking," he said.

At the moment Spurs have Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb playing as their two holding midfield players in their favoured 4-2-3-1 formation and displacing one of them will be easier for Alli than replacing Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen has become one of Spurs' most pivotal outfield players and to expect Alli to compete with the Dane for a place in the starting line-up in his first season in Premier League football would be optimistic. 

As a result his versatility could be crucial and Alli has suggested that he can't wait to get going at this new club, after completing a transfer the BBC valued at £5 million in January.

"It's a big step up and it's going to be a new challenge for me but I feel like I'm ready for it. I wouldn't say I'm nervous, I'd say I'm more excited," he said.

Alli has made 42 appearances for MK this season, scoring 16 times, and Spurs fans will be hoping that he can show his class even at a higher level next term. 

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