Dele Alli set up Christian Eriksen’s goal as Premier League giants Spurs beat Inter Milan 1-0 at Wembley to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
Dele Alli’s role in Tottenham Hotspur’s winning goal against Inter Milan on Wednesday has been rather overlooked.
It was the England international who set up Christian Eriksen’s 80th minute strike which keeps Spurs’ Champions League hopes alive, turning the ball into the Danish midfielder’s path with a wonderful shimmy and flick.
But there has been limited focus on Alli’s involvement thanks to the clinical nature of Eriksen’s finish, not to mention the barnstorming run of the much-maligned Moussa Sissoko in the build-up.
Though speaking on BT Sport (28 November, 7.30pm), Jermaine Jenas believes that the 22-year-old deserves huge credit for displaying composure and vision in a key moment of a crucial European tie.
“That moment from Dele, that coolness and awareness to take that touch and roll his body,” said Jenas, who made over 200 appearances for Spurs between 2005 and 2013.
“That’s that hero moment.
“He’s got the good position, he can strike the ball, he can score the winning goal but he’s got that calmness at such a young age to know someone is in a better position. And finding Eriksen the way he did was special.”
After a relatively sluggish start to the 2018/19 season, Alli is starting to find his best form again of late and shone in Tottenham’s 3-1 thrashing of Chelsea on Saturday, nodding home the opener before setting up Heung-Min Son’s stunning solo goal in the second half.
Though his tally of three goals and two assists so far in the current campaign still leaves a lot of room for improvement.