Why Alli deserves more plaudits for his excellent performance against Man United

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first_img huge blow gameday At Old Trafford, Alli did come a cropper with two excellent opportunities as he in Tottenham’s first forays but elsewhere during the historic victory put on a quietly brilliant disciplined display.He was not only successful with all five of the tackles he attempted, but he also made one early clearance as Man United threatened from the off, and he made four important interceptions, and totalled seven ball recoveries, allowing Spurs relief at key points. For the third season in a row, it appears the England star is being asked to adapt his role in the Tottenham team to suit Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics.Trusted by the Argentine boss to fulfil the tasks needed of him, the 22-year-old is now playing in a slightly deeper position in a midfield three, mostly on the left but he also swapped to the right against the Red Devils.His new role sees him making more defensive contributions than ever before, but also giving him the freedom to get up alongside forwards Harry Kane and Moura. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware 3 3 possible standings Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Alli is trusted by his managers both domestically and on the international stage as he becomes an incredibly versatile midfielder. Getty Images – Getty The performance sums up the way Alli seems set to play this campaign, already averaging 3.3 tackles per game in the Premier League, compared to 1.3 last season and 1.4 in 2016/17, while the amount of interceptions has risen from 0.5 per game last term to 2.3 so far in his opening three appearances this year.Of course, this means a dip in his creativity, despite an increase in actual passes played, with his key pass per game average and his dribbles per game average both declining a fair amount.But, crucially, he’s actually averaging more shots per game as he arrives from deep and runs into space made by his forwards.Already this season, he’s averaging 2.7 shots per match, which is better than the 1.9 last year which saw him net nine goals, and it’s also more than the 2.5 per game in 2016/17 season when he scored 18 times. Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli takes instructions from Mauricio Pochettino. gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won smart causal no dice Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli in action against Fulham. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Latest Premier League News 3 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury It’s evident Alli’s nous at evading defenders and a different strategy are allowing him to take shot which have a much higher ‘expected goals value’ with one of his three chances against Man United reckoned to have been worth, in theory, 0.64 of goal, only to see David De Gea save the strike.How this changes through the whole season is well worth keeping an eye on but for now he deserves far more praise for his performance against Manchester United than he has so far. Lucas Moura and Toby Alderweireld are the men rightly being praised for their performances for Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester United.But one other Spurs star’s contribution to the 3-0 victory at Old Trafford is perhaps being overshadowed – Dele Alli. REVEALED last_img

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