Comprehensive Stat Round Up Suggests Tottenham Star Is the Best Young Midfielder in Europe

Tom Procter
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Football statistics website WhoScored.com have assessed Dele Alli's statistics from the 2016/17 season and concluded that he is currently the "best young midfielder" playing in Europe.

In an article written for ​Sky Sports by Ben McAleer of the stats site, Alli is apparently second to none when compared against similar players of similar ages.

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The 21-year-old's curler against Watford on Saturday was his 16th league goal of the season, and his 26th in total since bursting onto the scene a couple of years ago.
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​His 2016/17 tally is bettered by no player aged 21 and under across Europe's top five leagues, which makes his signing for an absolute snip all the more incredible.

According to a graphic supplied by Opta, Alli is top with 21 in all competitions, following by Timo Werner on 19, Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe (17), Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund (15) and Thomas Lemar, also of Monaco (13).

McAleer cites Alli's Frank Lampard-esque ability to ghost into the penalty box late to test goalkeepers and also attributes his "never-say-die" attitude to Mauricio Pochettino's training methods.

To further highlight Alli's offensive influence, WhoScored.com have calculated his conversion rate at 21.1%, which is a highly respectable number and better than even that of Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Dries Mertens, who are all seasoned finishers.

The former Mk Dons star is also incredibly creative and meticulous, recording 398 successful passes in the final third than any other player aged 21 and under, with 42 "key" passes ranking highly.

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Furthermore, Alli has been directly involved in more goals than any other young player in Europe and has dispossessed opposing players 16 times in the final third this season.

It's safe to say that with all the statistics to back him up, Alli has definitely turned out to be a gem of a find by Spurs, who may find themselves struggling to fend off the European sharks in a few years time or sooner.​


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