Tottenham legend David Ginola has heaped praise on Dele Alli and has revealed that the youngster reminds him of himself when he was in his prime. Ginola spent three years at Tottenham, making more than 100 appearances but could only manage to win the League Cup in 1999.
Ginola believes that Alli is helped by having more talented players around him and a manager who has seen to it that the team have imbibed a good work ethic. Spurs are currently two points adrift of leaders Leicester City, having played a game more this season and are looking good to capitalise on any mistake that the Foxes make at the top of the table.
Ginola was handed the PFA Player of the Year during his time at the club despite Spurs finishing outside the top four. This is something that has been a recurrent theme at White Hart Lane, with Gareth Bale also landing the honours without doing his team any favours in terms of competing for a spot in the Champions League. However, Ginola believes that the future is bright for the north London club and recent performances suggest that they will be able to start competing for top honours.
"Alli's a great talent," Ginola said, as quoted by the Mirror. "But it is not about one player. There is a team now. In my time, it was different. I was playing and most of the fans said, 'Thank you, David'.
"But we didn't have a team to compete for anything, except the League Cup in 1999. He is so young, so mature, able to do so many great things on a football pitch. In our time, we were waiting five, six, seven years, sometimes never, to achieve things like that.
"These players do things like that on the football pitch and it makes them look like they have 10 years of experience in the Premier League. It's incredible. Young lads are more mature these days. When they are 20, most of the time they have already hundreds of games."