Ray Wilkins suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning that Dele Alli would not be playing for Tottenham Hotspur regularly this campaign if he was not getting playing time last season.
Alli joined Tottenham from Milton Keynes Dons in February 2015, but he remained at the club for the remainder of the 2014-15 season on a loan deal.
The 19-year-old continued to play regularly for MK Dons and helped them gain promotion to the Championship at the end of the campaign.
Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Wilkins believes that the youngster would have struggled for playing time in the Spurs first team this season if he was a player coming through the club's ranks.
“Now they probably wouldn’t have played one of their own 18-year-old, but the thing with Dele was that he was actually playing first-team football with Milton Keynes,” said Wilkins on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning.
“He starred against Manchester United in a 4-0 victory in the Capital One Cup, and Tottenham are now reaping the benefits of having a go at somebody who has played football.”
Alli has been superb for Tottenham so far this campaign 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.
Alli has a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 67%, and has won seven headers, 11 dribbles and 23 tackles.