Tottenham Hotspur youngster Dele Alli became the club’s youngest Premier League scorer since Gareth Bale notched his first top-flight goal against Arsenal eight years ago.
The 19-year-old midfielder joined Spurs in February from MK Dons and remained on loan at the Championship new boys for the remainder of their League One promotion campaign.
He is highly-rated by his peers, winning the Young Player of the Year honour last year at the Football League Awards and getting plenty of game time during Spurs’ pre-season campaign.
Following Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason’s mediocre start to the season, calls for Alli to be included in the club’s starting XI in the Premier League have already begun at White Hart Lane.
Against Leicester, the England U19 star came off the bench to replace the disappointing Erik Lamela and made an impact, getting on the end of Nacer Chadli’s cross to give the visitors the lead.
It was a big moment in the match, and a significant moment in Alli’s career as he immediately became the club’s youngest Premier League scorer since Real Madrid ace Bale.
19 - Delle Alli is the youngest player to score a Premier League goal for Tottenham since Gareth Bale v Arsenal in September 2007. Boots.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 22, 2015
Alli’s bundled opener, however, was quickly cancelled out as Leicester equalised through the impressive Riyad Mahrez - the Algerian star firing high past the helpless Hugo Lloris.
The 1-1 score-line is probably a fair result on reflection, but allowing an equaliser so soon after breaking the deadlock will disappoint boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Still, Alli’s introduction is a major positive for the club and while he’s not quite Bale-esque in terms of style and technique, he has a big future at White Hart Lane nonetheless.