Paul Merson talks up seriously talented Tottenham 19-year-old Dele Alli

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Pundit believes Dele Alli should win the Young Player of the Season award.

Paul Merson has told SkySports he rates Dele Alli as a near certainty to win individual Young Player of the Season awards.

There is a month until voting closes for the PFA Awards, and Alli is a strong contender for the young award after breaking into the Tottenham team this season.

The 19-year-old has shown an ability to create and score goals and a willingness to mix it, and is an x-factor in Tottenham's midfield, with the club sitting second in the Premier League.

Asked to predict who will win the Young Player of the Year award, Merson said: "This is an easy one, it just has to be Dele Alli. He's a seriously talented player and to make the step up from League 1 to the Premier League and then break into the Tottenham team so quickly, it's just incredible."

Alli is a logical selection, but it should be remembered that teammate Harry Kane is also eligible, with Phil Thompson arguing he should be the winner.

He said: "I'd probably have to go for Harry Kane. If you think of where Spurs are, pushing for the title for the first time in years, Kane has been the driving force behind that."

The duo most likely to rival the Spurs duo for the award are Everton pairing Ross Barkley, and Romelu Lukaku, who is still eligible at 22.

Merson picked Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez as the player he deemed should be the winner of the overall PFA Player of the Season award.

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