Tottenham academy coach likens highly-rated prospect Dele Alli to Frank Lampard

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli has been singled out for praise.

Tottenham Hotspur’s academy coach Bradley Allen believes youngster Dele Alli has the goal scoring knack from midfield very much in the mould of Frank Lampard, the BBC report.

The 19-year-old joined Spurs from MK Dons in January, agreeing a five-and-a-half year deal before remaining on loan with the Dons for the remainder of their League One campaign.

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.

Big future:

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.

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