England legend David Beckham has heaped praise on Dele Alli following the youngster's second consecutive Young Player of the Year accolade in consecutive years.
Alli is only the fourth player to win the award consecutively and joins Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Robbie Fowler in that exclusive club.
— England (@England) April 24, 2017
As reported by Goal, Beckham said "we're lucky as a nation to have young talented players coming through, and he is, without a doubt, one of the shining lights of these young players.
"He plays the game with a certain arrogance, and it's good to have that arrogance because a lot of top players have that. He's a joy to watch.
"He's a player that hopefully, if he works hard like he has been working hard, and continues to play for the manager [Mauricio Pochettino] that he's played for - because I think he's a special manager, and he's looking after him in the right way - he's a special player.
David Beckham on Mauricio Pochettino & Dele Alli: "He’s a special manager, and he’s looking after him right – he’s a special player." pic.twitter.com/pO2GfnB3CJ
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) April 24, 2017
"I hope he continues to get better week after week because as an England fan, we want to see these players perform the way he's performing.
“When you have someone like that playing for England when you’ve got Harry [Kane] playing for England when you’ve got Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and you see these guys coming through, that’s exciting.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 23, 2017
Alli has scored 20 goals in all competitions for Tottenham this season, including sixteen in the league, leading to many comparing him with legendary goal-scoring midfielder Frank Lampard.
The 21-year-old scored against Chelsea in Tottenham's 4-2 defeat in the FA Cup semi-final, and will be looking to get his side back on track when they face Crystal Palace on Wednesday.