Hoddle said: “He is a Spurs style player and hopefully he will stay at the club for a long, long time. He is a player that can make the difference, he gets people out of their seats and that’s what Spurs fans have always had through different generations.”
Hoddle was a player of a similar ilk during his days at White Hart Lane, with his technical brilliance standing head and shoulders above many players in England at the same time.
Alli is only 19, but is already going someway to prove that he is better than many of his older compatriots.
He has been used in various positions by Mauricio Pochettino this season, and has impressed wherever he plays, but he has truly excelled as a number 10.
Alli has scored six goals and registered three assists in 21 Premier League games, and even when not playing particularly well, he can net a strike such as the one against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
There is not a challenge that Alli has faced which he has not passed with flying colours, establishing himself in Tottenham’s first-team, and then as an England international.
He was not even considered a potential England player at the start of the season, and now the calls are for him to not just travel to France this summer, but be starting every game in the midfield for Roy Hodgson’s team at the European Championship.
Alli has been the real star of the Premier League so far this season, and he is only going to continue improving in front of the White Hart Lane support.