Ray Wilkins explains why he’s not getting carried away with Dele Alli

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Dele Alli has been in superb form for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins has told Sky Sports that he is not getting carried away with Tottenham Hotspur youngster Dele Alli’s current form.

Alli has been in superb form for Tottenham so far this season and has established himself as a key player in midfield for the first team.

The 19-year-old midfielder has scored five goals and created 23 chances in 18 Premier League appearances so far this season.

The England international has a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 64%, and has won 16 headers, 14 dribbles and 31 tackles.

Wilkins has been impressed with Alli, but he is not getting carried away just yet.

"I think the hype for Dele Alli is justified but let's not get too carried away,” the former Queens Park Rangers and Rangers midfielder has told Sky Sports. “He’s come in and he's done exceptionally well in his first season.

“He will be an exceptional player but it's the second year we'll want to study and look at some of these players because that's when it's a difficult quest for them.”

What Wilkins says about Alli now was being said about Harry Kane last season. The 22-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2014-15, but there were doubts whether he would be able to maintain that level this campaign.

As has been proven by the Tottenham striker’s recent form, he is a very good footballer and is not a one-season wonder.

Alli is only 19 years of age, but the maturity he is showing is admirable. The youngster has already earned four caps for the England international team, and he should be part of the Three Lions’ squad for Euro 2016.

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