Standing at 6ft 2in tall, Alli is a commanding presence in midfield and has impressed already this season, coming off the bench to fire the opening goal during last week’s 1-1 draw at Leicester City.
Commentating on Spurs’ 0-0 draw with Everton for the BBC, Allen couldn’t contain his delight when Alli was given another chance to shine and likened the player to Chelsea hero Lampard.
"What a chance this is for Dele Alli. He's really impressed in pre-season and scored at Leicester last weekend. Can he come up with a similar contribution today? He's a rarity in modern football - a midfielder who gets into the box and scores, a Frank Lampard player,” Allen explained.
Despite his young age, the Milton Keynes-born star already has plenty of first-team experience under his belt and he looked totally unfazed when making his Premier League debut at Old Trafford of all places.
Alli is said to be a fan of Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, and his powerful play from midfield and late charges into the box are certainly reminiscent of the former Liverpool skipper – and of course Lampard.
With his best position seemingly an advancing central midfielder, Alli provides boss Mauricio Pochettino with an alternative in the middle and a genuine goal threat in the mould of the aforementioned stars.
Lampard first started to get on the goal scene for West Ham United during the 1997/98 campaign, interestingly at a similar age to Spurs’ new talent now.