Former Tottenham star Jermaine Jenas raves about Dele Alli
Former Tottenham Hotspur star Jermaine Jenas has told The Daily Mirror how now is the time for his former club to show their ambition by making a big statement and keeping hold of wonderkid Dele Alli.
Spurs have gained a reputation over previous seasons of being a selling club, allowing their best talents to move away from White Hart Lane. The likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick have all been moved on over the last decade, and speaking to The Mirror, Jenas explained how it is critical for the North London outfit to reverse that trend:
Dele Alli during a lap of honour at the end of Tottenham's season
“If he is not already on the radar of some majorly big clubs on the continent, he will be after Euro 2016. It’s going to be up to Spurs to say, ‘He’s not going anywhere’ - and I don’t think that will be too difficult. They are at a point in their history where they have to say ‘enough is enough’ when the top clubs come calling for their best players."
Alli has enjoyed an incredible first season with Spurs following his arrival from league one side MK Dons last summer. In 33 Premier League appearances, the 20-year-old managed 10 goals and nine assists - a quite remarkable tally in what was his debut season in England's top flight.
England's Dele Alli during training
The Tottenham star is sure to be a pivotal figure as England look to win their first major tournament since 1966, and the problem for Spurs will be if Alli is as influential as he can be, he will only enhance his reputation within the game even further, and in turn, attract interest from Europe's elite clubs.
Dele Alli will be hoping to start England's first game of Euro 2016 against Russia on June 11th