The former Arsenal defender has been very impressed by Alli’s rise since he signed for Spurs from Milton Keynes Dons in the summer transfer window.
"Dele Alli," he responded, when asked who has been the best young player in the Premier League this year. "He’s not just settled quickly after coming straight in from League One, he’s prospered."
Alli has surpassed expectations with his performances at White Hart Lane so far and the 19-year-old has established his place in Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s starting line-up already.
Alli has been stationed in defensive and attacking midfield roles but has influenced matches wherever he has played.
The powerful youngster's good form was rewarded with an England international cap in November, although the midfielder is not getting carried away with his success.
The Spurs man has continued to be influential in recent weeks and he has helped the north London side climb into the Champions League qualification places.
Tottenham currently have a four-point gap over fifth-placed Crystal Palace and have lost just two matches all season. Alli has made 17 Premier League appearances for Spurs so far, scoring four times.
Will 2016 be just as exciting for Alli and co?