Pundit: The only thing stopping Tottenham’s Dele Alli from being the next Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard

With Chelsea slipping up in the title race this weekend, it was on Tottenham to take advantage and they managed to do just that.

Burnley are always a tough side to beat at home, but the fact that Spurs actually did it certainly painted them as worthy title challengers at this stage of the season.

A lot of that was down to Dele Alli. The young midfielder was expected to step up to the plate given that Harry Kane was out injured and he did not disappoint, notching up a peach of an assist that involved him nutmegging a Burnley defender. Thus, it was no surprise to see him make Garth Crooks’ team of the week.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks sang the praises of the youngster, stating that he has a lot of awareness but is also fearless when on the ball.

That being said, the Garth also pointed out a telling flaw in his game, one he needed to overcome to be mentioned in the same breath as a Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard.

Find out what flaw he has to get rid of, according to Crooks, here:




The 20-year-old moves gracefully over the ground and his general awareness is outstanding. The way he found Son Heung-min for Tottenham’s second goal was quite brilliant. The only feature I don’t like about Alli’s game is his obsession with making contact with his opponent in the opposition’s penalty area and making out he’s been impeded.

Penalties should be awarded, not prized out of referees. If he wants to be a Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard, he must eradicate that from his game and promote the things that make people want to pay good money to see him. That way he can be anything he wants to be.


3 thoughts on “Pundit: The only thing stopping Tottenham’s Dele Alli from being the next Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard”

  1. FGS! That has been what penalties are all about for the last 130+ years: contact in the penalty area. Crooks always was an old woman and this opinion just backs that up. I suggest that he be forced to watch a rerun of the last 20 years of penalties awarded to MU at OT, RM at the Bernebau, Barca at home and L’pool ay Anfield during their 70s heyday. Rubbish IMO.

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  2. Forgive me for this – but is he saying Gerrard didn’t dive? REALLY!! I cant remember Lampard doing it all that often, but Gerrard! The only Englishman that dived more than him was Tom Daley!

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