Graham Roberts hits back at Jamie Carragher, says Alli is most exciting since Gascoigne at Newcastle

The former Tottenham Hotspur man has been defending the north London side.

Graham Roberts has hit back at Jamie Carragher for his comments about Tottenham and claims 19-year-old Dele Alli is the most exciting youngster since Paul Gascoigne's early days at Newcastle United.

Responding to some Carragher comments relating to Spurs, Roberts was keen to defend his former club and feels there has been exceptional talent on show at White Hart Lane all season.

That said, he was quick to single out Dele Alli, who has since made it into the senior England squad.

The teenager could play for the Three Lions on Monday night and has generally impressed at Tottenham. Hence the following Roberts tweets linking his performances to Gazza's Newcastle days:

Carragher responded, quickly clarifying that he didn't take a 'dig' at Tottenham as he also mentioned Danny Ings at Liverpool.

Comparing Alli to Gascoigne at Newcastle, though, is certainly some compliment. Spurs supporters will hope the 19-year-old's potential will go more fulfilled than Gazza, although he is still considered one of Tottenham's all-time greats despite his troubles. The same applies to the Magpies faithful.

It will be interesting to monitor Alli's progress for the rest of the season, although Roberts may be committing the cardinal sin of over-hyping the youngster with his latest tweets.

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