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Remember the name: Dele Alli

Photo courtesy: Goal.com
Photo courtesy: Goal.com

Bamidele Jermaine Alli, or Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur’s 19-year-old last-minute 2015 January transfer, is making headlines in the Premier League.

His latest exploits, which will surely make the highlights reel of the 2015-16 Premier League season, came against Everton in a goal for the ages. Making a clever infield run from the left, Alli raced on to a long overhead pass from centreback Toby Alderweireld, took the ball on his chest, and smashed home a right-footed volley past an outstretched Tim Howard even as he was being tackled to the ground by two Everton defenders.

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This goal wasn’t a flash in the pan for the 5-million-pound Spurs acquisition. Alli has been showcasing his brilliance for a few years now, especially at former club, the Championship side MK Dons. In his three seasons at the club, where he began playing at the age of 16, Alli scored 18 goals in 62 appearances from midfield.

He shot into the limelight in MK Dons’ famous 4-0 victory over Manchester United in the League Cup. Alli played the full 90 minutes in a match watched by scouts from clubs across Europe, including representatives of Bayern Munich and Liverpool.

Liverpool would eventually turn down the chance to sign the teenager – the then manager Brendan Rodgers not seeing Alli’s potential. If Brendan was watching the Spurs-Everton game, he would have known he had made a error in judgment.

In fact, Liverpool fans took to Twitter to blast the club for not acquiring Alli after his sensational goal, especially since the youngster is a huge Liverpool and Steven Gerrard fan.

In this 18 games so far for Spurs, Alli has pumped in 5 goals. And his brilliance has resulted in a much-deserved England national call-up. In his debut against France at Wembley, Alli opened the scoring with a terrific long range goal to beat his Spurs teammate Hugo Lloris.

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