Four candidates to be Tottenham's most important player in 2016

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After a very encouraging year for Spurs, can the north London side go from strength to strength?

Dele Alli

Dele Alli thrived in 2015 and wasn't even a Tottenham Hotspur player for half the year. During his first full calendar year at White Hart Lane, there is no reason the 19-year-old can't grow even further.

Alli is still young, yes, but, under Mauricio Pochettino, that could even see him valued higher than most of his team-mates. The midfielder can play in a variety of positions and, should he stay fit, could contribute heavily throughout 2016.

Harry Kane

Tottenham's reliance on Harry Kane needs no documenting. Granted, the burden might - and should - be eased on the 22-year-old if Spurs can buy a new forward in January or at the very least the summer.

Kane, however, is still the north London side's main source of goals. And goals win games.

Eric Dier

An unsung hero for most of 2015, Eric Dier's impact became so huge as the year progressed that he can no longer be called an underrated member of Pochettino's side. Dier is vital defensively, which in turn allows him to free up Tottenham's forward players.

The fact Dier can also play in other positions furthers his influence. The Spurs man could enjoy a very good 2016 indeed.

Toby Alderweireld

Before Toby Alderweireld's arrival at Tottenham, the north London side possessed one of the leakiest back fours in the top half of the Premier League.

The Belgian has made all the difference this season, however, and shouldn't be overlooked as one of the catalysts behind Spurs' strong showing so far this term. In 2016, there is no reason Alderweireld can't build on his success to date.

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