Former West Ham United prospect Jimmy Bullard has been singing the praises of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli on social networking site Twitter.
Spurs signed the 19-year-old Alli from Milton Keynes Dons during the January transfer window, but allowed him to remain with Karl Robinson’s side until the end of the 2014-15 season.
Alli is expected to start pre-season training with Tottenham’s first team soon and will be looking to feature for them in the Premier League during the 2015-16 campaign.
Bullard, who played with the teenager for a short time at MK Dons in 2012, seems to rate him highly, as this post on Twitter shows:
Definite player @dele_alli36 Spurs fans you have a gem here!— Jimmy Bullard (@jimmybullard) June 25, 2015
Former Wigan Athletic and Hull City midfielder Bullard added on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show on talkSPORT on Thursday: “He has got a long way to go but the way Zidane would caress the ball, relax, and his head would swivel, he is that kind of player. He is more of a continental player.”
Can Dele Alli break into Tottenham Hotspur’s first team?
Alli is rated as a hugely talented young player, but so far he has played only in League One.
Stepping up from the third tier of English football to the Premier League is not an easy task, and it will be interesting to see how the teenager fares next season.
Perhaps the youngster should be sent out on loan to a Championship club for the 2015-16 campaign, or maybe even to a mid-table Premier League side.
It is unlikely that Alli will be able to play regularly for Spurs in the first team next season, and at this stage of his career he needs playing time.