Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paul Allen has huge praise for Dele Alli

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The midfielder will miss the game with Chelsea today.

Some might say that the first time the Mauricio Pochettino style truly clicked at Tottenham Hotspur was in their meeting with Chelsea last season. Spurs thrashed the future champions last term, winning 5-3 at White Hart Lane on New Years day and they have been impressing ever since.

They face The Blues again today in an early kick-off at White Hart Lane but will have to make do without one of their best players this season - teenager Dele Alli.

The midfielder has been excellent for Tottenham since arriving permanently from MK Dons in the summer.

He is suspended for today's game after yellow card accumulation but he was still main subject of praise in the matchday programme from former Tottenham midfielder Paul Allen.

He wrote in his column:

"We have a great crop of English players at the moment and they epitomise the Spurs team.

"Dele Alli has had great experience at MK Dons and he's come to Spurs, fitted in so well and he's probably been our most consistent player this season. He's been exceptional."

Allen, who played 377 times for Spurs in an eight year spell, knows how to thrive in the Spurs midfield but Alli is certainly carving his own path.

His absence will be keenly felt today as Alli would have thrived on taking on the Chelsea midfield today.

But he will have plenty of opportunities to take on The Blues in his Spurs career.

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