Tottenham ace Dele Alli showcases skill once again in impressive performance

The midfielder has proved himself a star for Spurs this season, once again demonstrating why he has been called up for England in the draw with Swansea.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli once again caught the eye with a strong performance in Spurs' 2-2 draw with Swansea City on Sunday.

The 19-year-old, who will now meet up with Roy Hodgson's England squad for the first time after what has been a sensational six months for the youngster, continued to make light of the step up to the Premier League from League One, and was one of Mauricio Pochettino's best performers in what was an intriguing and open contest in South Wales.

  PositionTeamPassing AccuracySuccessful Dribbles (Beat Man)Total Scoring AttTotal Att AssistTouchesDuel WonWon TackleAppearancesMins Played
Dele Alli MF Tottenham 85.37% 3 1 1 70 9 4 1 90

Undoubtedly one of Alli's great abilities is the ease with which he dribbles past opposition players. The midfielder isn't the quickest, or most skilful at first glance, but the close control he employs to beat his man, often with his back to the player, has been a constant and hugely impressive feature of his game since he arrived at Tottenham.

Alli's trademark move seems to be nutmegging the player marking him, something he has done frequently in each of his matches so far. Surely players must know that he may look to put it through their legs and then wrestle past them given the regularity with which it has happened, but against the Swans, the former Milton Keynes Dons man managed it twice more, with other moments of skill also utilised.

In fact, only Swansea winger Jefferson Montero dribbled past more players than Alli in the match, and that wasn't the only impressive stat the 19-year-old boasted. He was in the top five Spurs passers when it came to accuracy, while he also had the fourth most touches out of anyone on the pitch. Alli also offered something defensively, winning more duels for possession than any other Tottenham player, and producing the second highest number of tackles of anyone on the pitch. 

There's a huge buzz surrounding Alli right now, with some even labelling him the next Steven Gerrard with his box-to-box capabilities, and given his performances so far this season, it's easy to understand why.

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