Ledley King says this Tottenham star's healthy disrespect for opponents is key to his success

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The former Spurs captain says Dele Alli has an attitude which gives him "a little edge" to his game.

Former Tottenham Hotspur captain Ledley King has told the Daily Mail that teenage star Dele Alli has a "healthy disrespect" for the Premier League and his opponents which adds an extra edge to his game and has helped him become such a breakout star this season.

Alli has been a shining light for Spurs in his debut season in the top flight, scoring seven goals and contributing 11 assists in 43 appearances and forging one of the most profitable partnerships in the country with top scorer Harry Kane.

The 19-year-old's form has also seen him establish himself as a regular at international level, with the former MK Dons prodigy having featured in all six of England's fixtures since the start of the domestic season.

Although his fiesty attitude and a perceived lack of discipline - he has received 10 yellow cards for Spurs this season - have attracted criticism from some, King is not one of the naysayers.

The former centre-back, who spent his entire professional career at White Hart Lane, believes that Alli has a "healthy disrespect" for the Premier League and its star players which has helped him become such a big hit.

The 35-year-old told the Daily Mail: "He plays with almost a 'disrespect' for the Premier League - but it's a healthy disrespect. He is not a player that has come in and thought too much about the reputations of the players he's playing against.

"He treat everyone the same, he goes out there trying to make his mark and stamping his authority on the game. I love that in a young player. He's got that little edge to him and that edge is making him the player he is now.

"When you've got that belief in yourself, you can be a difficult person to stop."

Alli's efforts in midfield, alongside fellow young England stars such as Kane and midfield partner Eric Dier, have been a key cornerstone for the success of Mauricio Pochettino's side this season.

However, a first league title since 1961 appears to be slipping out of reach after Spurs' draw with Liverpool, combined with Leicester City's 1-0 win over Southampton, saw the gap at the top of the table extended to seven points at the weekend.

For Alli and his teammates the focus is doing everything they can to claw back that deficit over the remaining six games of the season, before a likely starring role for England for the teenager at Euro 2016 this summer.

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