Frank Lampard says he loves players like Tottenham's Dele Alli

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The former Premier League midfielder has spoken highly of the young Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.

Frank Lampard says he loves players like Dele Alli who go the extra mile, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, Lampard praised the 19-year-old Tottenham midfielder while in the studio ahead of the north London side's Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

And the 37-year-old highlighted Alli's work-rate as especially impressive.

Analysing a Tottenham goal Alli was heavily involved in, Lampard told Monday Night Football: "I love players who go the extra mile. He doesn’t need to do that but he gets his reward."

Presenter Ed Chamberlain then suggested Alli is 'Lampardesque.'

At half-time, the former Chelsea midfielder added: "It was a composed finish and a great run [for his goal against Aston Villa], he took his finish very coolly." And, at full-time: "He can do a bit of everything, after being called up [for England] he's gone up another little level."

Alli's work-rate is certainly a quality to be admired. Like Heung-Min Son, the 19-year-old is the archetypal Mauricio Pochettino player: he can run all day and has bags of energy.

Of course, critics of the Tottenham boss will suggest most coaches will naturally do better with players who are fitter and more energetic than others.

But Alli has certainly thrived at Spurs so far and Lampard's praise will no doubt boost his confidence even further.

Following the Aston Villa clash, Tottenham now host Anderlecht on Thursday night and then travel to Arsenal in the north London derby on Saturday afternoon. Not exactly the White Hart Lane outfit's easiest few days this season...

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