Ian Wright hails world class Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli, shares what ex-manager told him

Ian Wright

Ian Wright has hailed the progress of Tottenham Hotspur ace Dele Alli.

Former Arsenal star Ian Wright has hailed the progress of Dele Alli, who was last night named as the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Alli's incredible season has seen him score 10 goals and provide nine assists, his first campaign in the Premier League after signing from MK Dons.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 on Sunday evening, he said: "He's streets ahead of anybody. From where he's come from, what he's done, its ridiculous. They should have just given it [the award] to him anyway.

"Its a massive jump. You have to give Tottenham's scouting team credit. They saw him, paid the money, let him stay, and brought him in when thought he's ready.

"From playing in the lower leagues, when he goes into these tackles he's got a bit about him, but he's got quality."

Wright went onto add that he is confident Alli will be a world class player, and to do so, rather than improve his already outstanding technical quality, he simply needs to maintain his level of performance and replicate it season after season.

He said: "[He needs] consistency. He's obviously going to be a world class player, the age he is if he keeps on doing what hes doing, all he's got to improve on are his already unbelievable attributes. He's got to be consistent, that's what world class players are, consistent at the highest level for a very long time."

The BBC pundit insisted he has been aware of Alli's talent for a long time, having worked with Karl Robinson at MK Dons between 2012 and 2013.

He remained in contact with Robinson and said that the manager was confident Alli would be a star. Wright said: "Karl Robinson when I was there, he was always saying this guy, is always going to be 'the one'."

Alli is well on the way to superstardom, and could yet finish the season as a Premier League title winner.

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