Dele Alli's mature evaluation speaks volumes for his character

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is not afraid to admit when he has played badly.

Since Dele Alli was first announced as a Tottenham Hotspur player the club’s fans have been growing increasingly excited about the midfielder’s talent and potential.

When he scored in just his second Premier League outing against Leicester City earlier this season that excitement only increased and understandably so, but now the 19-year-old has had to face up to his first really below-par performance, and the way he has dealt with it speaks volumes for his character.

The Tottenham teenager started for England’s under-21s against their Norwegian counterparts on Monday, but Alli was substituted at half-time after a disappointing showing.

Rather than hide, Alli took to social media to acknowledge he had been poor on the night, writing, “Not a good performance personally, but great resilience from the boys to get the first win of the qualifiers.”

England under-21s are now focusing on reaching the 2017 Euro Championships and Alli is likely to be a key player for them if they get there, but it is refreshing that he has come out so quickly and admitted he was simply not good enough on the day.

Too many young footballers believe their own hype before it is fully justified…and in many cases it never is. But Alli is different; he does have the talent to reach the very top of the game but he is also humble.

Tottenham fans should be proud of him, because there will be times when he is praised to the rafters and times when he is criticised from all corners. How he deals with that will define just how good he becomes.


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