Jamie Redknapp explains what sets Dele Alli apart, Paul Merson makes Frank Lampard comparison

Paul Merson

Paul Merson compares Tottenham Hotspur youngster Dele Alli to former West Ham United and Chelsea star Frank Lampard.

Jamie Redknapp explained on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Friday morning how different Tottenham Hotspur youngster Dele Alli is from other midfielders.

“I have been so impressed with this young man,” said the former Tottenham midfielder. “He has such a cool head, he has great skills.

“He has the perfect physique for a midfield player, he has all the tricks as well. He looks an exciting young player and he can score goals. He has got so much energy.

“I think when you look at his stats and how much ground he covers, that’s what really sets him apart in midfield… He makes lung-bursting runs, he is extremely quick.”

Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has also been impressed with Alli and has compared him to Frank Lampard.

Reflecting on the 19-year-old’s performance for England against France in a friendly international at London’s Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening, Merson wrote in The Daily Star: “Alli was making runs, tackling, scoring. You don’t see midfielders who are prepared to make forward runs like that much any more.

“Frank Lampard did it. Alli does it too. He made run and after run. I bet Wayne Rooney loved it. It was the best I’ve seen Rooney play for ages.”

Lampard is one of the greatest midfielders in football history and is a Chelsea legend.

The former England international started his career at West Ham United, and after showing his quality for the London outfit, he moved to Chelsea in 2001.

During his time at Stamford Bridge, Lampard established himself as one of the best goalscoring midfielders in Europe.

The Englishman won the Premier League three times, the FA Cup on four occasions and the Champions League once with the Blues.

It seems that Merson rates Alli highly, but the Tottenham teenager has a long way to go in his career.

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