Is Dele Alli already a better option for Tottenham than Ryan Mason?

Taking a closer look at two of Tottenham Hotspur's midfield options.

When Dele Alli signed for Tottenham Hotspur from MK Dons for £5million it was hailed as a coup for the North London club.

After all, here was a young midfielder seen as one of the most talented players of his generation; a star in the making.

By the end of last season, having remained on loan at the League One club, Alli had 16 goals and 11 assists to prove emphatically that Tottenham had a gem on their hands, even if was unpolished at this stage.

But perhaps he does not need much polishing after all, because his performances against MLS All-Stars and more recently against Real Madrid speak of a player who is already a first-team option for Tottenham, to such an extent that another midfielder may soon find himself usurped in the pecking order.

Ryan Mason burst onto the scene at White Hart Lane last season but by the end of the campaign fans were bemoaning his poor performances and calling for the 24-year-old to be rested, and a few months later it is Alli starting against Real while his older teammate makes do with a place on the bench.

Of course both players will get plenty of chances this season, especially when you consider the sheer number of midfielders Tottenham have sold recently, but could Alli already be ahead of a player five years his senior?

Certainly on the evidence of his recent performances he deserves to be, and Mason has plenty of work to do to catch up, because by the time he is 24, Alli could be a superstar.

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