Spurs star Dele Alli is already as good as 3 Premier League legends combined at the same age

Jamie Spencer

A week ago, Dele Alli became the first midfielder of the season to have a direct hand in 20 Premier League goals after scoring and assisting as Tottenham beat Swansea with a dramatic late comeback. 

This weekend, Alli was on the score-sheet again, opening the scoring as Spurs brushed Watford aside in a comfortable 4-0 home win - his 16th in the league this campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford - Premier League


There are no hints of 'one-season wonder' or 'second season syndrome' about the youngster who burst onto the scene so spectacularly in 2015/16 after arriving at White Hart Lane from MK Dons under two years ago.

At the age of just 20, Alli is already a superstar and a huge part of Tottenham's success.

By comparison, Frank Lampard didn't hit double figures in the Premier League for the first time until he was 25 (2003/04). Likewise, Steven Gerrard was also 25, achieving the milestone in 2005/06. David Beckham reached double figures in the Premier League only once, doing it at the age of 26.

Chelsea v Southampton
Chelsea v Southampton


The statistic doing the rounds on social media since Alli popped up with another goal on Saturday is that he's actually been just as productive in terms of scoring and assisting before the age of 21 than those three legends combined.


Taking into account last season, Alli has had a direct hand in 40 Premier League goals already in terms of goals and assists. Before his 21st birthday, Lampard had managed 15, Gerrard had contributed 13, and Beckham just 12, adding up to match Alli's 40. 

Only time will tell what Alli goes on to achieve in the rest of his career. But what is abundantly clear is that the future is very, very bright indeed.

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