Glenn Hoddle explains what makes Alli so special compared to other teenagers

Harry Redknapp with Glenn Hoddle at QPR training

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss has been discussing the 19-year-old talent.

Glenn Hoddle has paid tribute to Tottenham's rising star Dele Alli, explaining what makes him so special compared to the rest of world football's teenage talents, according to ITV Football.

Indeed, Hoddle feels Alli exudes calmness around the penalty area, showing a willingness to take people on - as opposed to many younger players who 'press the panic button.'

The Spurs youngster impressed once again on Thursday night, as he registered an assist and delivered a quality all-round performance in the 3-1 Europa League win over Qarabag.

Hoddle told ITV's Europa League highlights show: "He has a calmness around the box. He’s got it naturally. He wants to dummy defenders, whereas a lot of players press that panic button at his age."

Alli's statistics for the night on WhoScored.com certainly demonstrate the kind of fearlessness Hoddle is talking about.

Indeed, against Qarabag, the 19-year-old created three chances (one of which was his assist for one of Heung-Min Son's goals) won two dribbles and took 62 touches of the ball.

But there was even more to the teenager's display, with Alli completing an incredible 95.1 per cent of his passes and also winning three tackles and three interceptions.

No wonder Hoddle is tipping the Tottenham starlet for a bright future...

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