Underrated Dele Alli is Tottenham's player of the season so far

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with his team mates during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at...

Dele Alli was the star of the show as Tottenham Hotspur beat rivals Arsenal 2-0 to secure a place in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Dele Alli of Tottenham during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli put in yet another stellar performance to help Spurs to a 2-0 win away to rivals Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.

An assist and a goal typified a man-of-the-match performance from the 22-year-old as he continues to go from strength to strength.

Alli created the first, showing expert vision and weight of pass to play Heung-Min Son through on goal, before Alli produced a moment of magic for 2-0.

 

Timing his run to perfection, Alli took a great first touch from a pass from Harry Kane before nonchalantly chipping the ball over Petr Cech.

And yet, the England international's performances have been somewhat understated this season, however he has arguably been his side's player of the season so far.

Alli's record at Spurs is outstanding. 

The former MK Dons midfielder had 62 goal involvements in the Premier League before the age of 22, more than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Raheem Sterling at the same age.

Dele Alli of Tottenham during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

However, what makes Alli such a special talent is his ability to contribute across the board.

Alli was previously used as a second striker by manager Mauricio Pochettino, however this season has been deployed as a more all-round central midfielder.

Despite playing further back, Alli has still scored six goals and made three for Spurs so far this season.

However, defensively, Alli is also contributing, and was seen tracking back and closing down his man on numerous occasions last night.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur after the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on...

In truth, there are few weaknesses to Alli's game, and has also matured as a player, no longer the easily wound up youngster, it is Alli who is now showing 'gamesmanship'.

Of course, it was always going to be difficult for Alli to maintain his ridiculous goal-scoring feats, netting 18 league goals in his second season at Spurs.

His phenomenally high standards have perhaps been why Alli's  performances have been underrated, however, the midfielder moving further back, and contributing to all aspects of the game shows just how good the Tottenham youngster is.

Alli should therefore  be recognised as a generational talent and the Spurs player of the season so far.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur runs for the ball during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurat Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2018 in London, United...

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