Slaven Bilic raves about Tottenham’s Dele Alli, explains why he is so impressive

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West Ham take on Tottenham Hotspur this weekend in the Premier League.

Speaking to the Standard, Slaven Bilic has praised Tottenham’s young midfielder Dele Ali, who has risen to prominence this season after joining Spurs from MK Dons.

Bilic, who’s West Ham team take on Spurs this weekend, said: “What is impressive is not just that he is good in every situation on the pitch but that he is always calm. Sometimes players make the step up and just play easy passes because they are just happy to be there. Alli wants to make an impact on the game. [Also] young players are usually inconsistent, though Alli isn’t and that is why he is so impressive.”

Alli has established himself as a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team this season, having linked up with Spurs over the summer.

Many expected him to need time to adapt to the Premier League, but it took almost no time for the 19-year-old to make his mark in the top flight, and then break into the England squad.

On top of that, Alli then went one better, starting his first ever England game and netting en exceptional long range goal against France.

He returns to Spurs this week looking to continue his form against a strong West Ham team, and Bilic has spoken highly of the young midfielder.

The main reason he has been impressed with Alli is that the youngster has actually attempted to impose himself in the Premier League, rather than keep his play simple merely as he is now in the division.

Bilic also appreciates that Alli is much more consistent than a number of other young players, who often can shine and struggle in successive weeks. Alli has yet to really struggle so far this term, and he looks to be the real deal moving forward in his career.

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