Tottenham Hotspur’s English midfielder Dele Alli (bottom) celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park in south London on January 23, 2016. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
Former England international Sol Campbell has warned against the hype for Tottenham Hotspurs star Dele Alli, saying the player is not world class yet and needs to stay focus to achieve that in future .
The 19-year-old broke into the Mauricio Pochettino’s first team this season and has contributed seven goals from his midfield position which has helped Spurs to third position on the Premier League log.
Alli has been tipped to play a big part for the Three Lions in Euro 2016, but Campbell believes that the player still has a lot to prove if he wants to remain at the highest level.
“He does look a real prospect, but it is very early stages for him. I don’t really want to know about a player until five or six years down the line and I can see their consistency,” Campbell wrote on Sportlobster.
“Anyone can have a good season or two – I want to see five, 10, 15 years of quality from a player to be able to call him ‘world class’. We have seen players light up this league before for two or three years and then drop off and fade away.
“I am not saying Dele Alli will do that, but he needs to keep going. Hopefully he has a good mentality that will allow him to have the same sort of career [Steven] Gerrard and [Frank] Lampard enjoyed in the Premier League. It would, of course, be great for England if he could.”
Alli picked to play for England ahead of Nigeria and has already been capped four times with one goal to his credit.