Why Dele Alli could shine for Tottenham in Real Madrid test

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur gestures during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October...

The Tottenham star has been forced to watch from the sidelines so far in Europe; he'll likely be champing at the bit to make an impression at Wembley on Wednesday.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur are dejeted after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28,...Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur are dejeted after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford

You get the sense that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli is a player who will beat himself up whenever he fails to maintain his high standards.

Having missed Tottenham's best chance in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday - when the match was still goalless - the England star told the club's website that he was "kicking himself" over the volley.

“It’s one of those… if I had that opportunity 10 times I’d put it away the majority of the time,” he said. “In my head I was thinking all I needed to do was make contact and it was in. It hit the top of my foot and went wide.

Eric Bailly of Manchester United puts pressure on Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October...Eric Bailly of Manchester United puts pressure on Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur

“I should have scored and I have to make sure the next time I get a chance like that I stick it away."

Following on from Old Trafford, it would be no surprise if Dele was absolutely determined to make a big impression in Tottenham's crunch home match against Spanish giants Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Having been forced to sit out the opening three games of his side's excellent Champions League campaign through suspension, Dele will surely be eager to make up for lost time - and what better stage to do so than at Wembley against Los Blancos.

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur and Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at...Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur and Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur

He will know that an impressive performance could not only all but secure Tottenham's route to the knockout stages, but would also underline his status as one of the most exciting young players in world football after what has been a mixed season so far.

If he was honest, the 21-year-old would admit that his performances have fluctuated so far this year compared to periods of sensational from last season.

Dele will also know that he can be in the headlines for the right reasons if he takes his chance against Real.

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