Harry Redknapp raves about Tottenham’s Dele Alli

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp claims Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool should have moved for Dele Alli before he joined Tottenham Hotspur.

Harry Redknapp has written in The London Evening Standard that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli is now worth £20 million.

Tottenham had to pay a transfer fee of £5m to secure the services of Alli from Milton Keynes Dons in February 2015, according to BBC Sport.

Former Spurs manager Redknapp seems to be a big fan of the 19-year-old midfielder, and believes that his value has quadrupled.

“There are people who don’t want to hype him up or say it is too early to see his quality at the highest level but anybody who watched that game (England v France) could see he is a superb talent — tenacious in the tackle, excellent on the ball and all capped off with a top attitude,” the former Tottenham boss wrote in The London Evening Standard.

“Tottenham paid £5million for him in the end, which is nothing,” added the Englishman. “It is an amazing buy. He’s worth at least £20m now if not a lot more. And Spurs had a clear run at signing him!”

Redknapp has also questioned why Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United or Liverpool did not make a move for Alli before he joined Tottenham.

“Why didn’t Arsenal sign him?” wrote the former West Ham United boss. “Don’t tell me Chelsea shouldn’t have bought him for £5m.

“What’s £5m to Manchester United, especially with the way they throw their money around now? Okay, Liverpool did show some interest but for, whatever reason, did not follow it through.”

Superb talent

Alli is enjoying a breakthrough season at Tottenham and is arguably the best teenage footballer in the Premier League at the moment.

The youngster, who has already earned four England caps, has scored two goals and created nine chances in 11 Premier League appearances for Spurs.

The midfielder has a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 67%, and has won seven headers, 11 dribbles and 23 tackles.

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