Redknapp highlights the advantage Dele Alli has over Premier League rivals

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli joined the club from MK Dons.

Jamie Redknapp says Tottenham Hotspur ace Dele Alli has a big advantage over his Premier League rivals due to the experience he picked up playing in the lower leagues, the Daily Mail report.

Writing in his blog for the Daily Mail, Redknapp cursed Arsenal’s recent defeat at Sheffield Wednesday and highlighted how inexperienced their youngsters looked up against seasoned professionals.

Aside from the Gunners, a number of Premier League clubs rang the changes in midweek, and a point of note on those coming in were how few of the top club’s youngsters were actually English.

Spurs, on the other hand, have often handed youngsters first-team opportunities, and the majority of them have fared well having banked previous experience in the lower leagues.

Commenting on the latest star performer at White Hart Lane, Dele Alli, Redknapp says the England international has a huge advantage owing to his first-team exposure at MK Dons.

“It’s no accident that some of the best players in the country right now have all had experience in the lower league. They have been hardened up and have that desire. They want it,” Redknapp explained.

“Look at Alli. He played 74 league games for MK Dons before moving to Tottenham. There might be other academy players with all the tricks but Alli, at just 19, is battle-hardened and game-ready.”

Alli isn’t the only player at Spurs to have featured in the lower leagues, as Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Alex Pritchard and Ryan Mason, among others, have taken in spells out on loan.

Academy football is far different to the rigours of League One and the Championship, with the latter are often vastly underrated in terms of quality and toughness.

Alli, 19, has made nine Premier League appearances for Spurs this season, scoring once.

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