I could catch a monkey
- Jun 20, 2012
I think we've got our Dele back.
I hope you realise how ridiculous posts like this are now. All it takes is a change in tactics giving him a free role and he's flourishing.He lacks explosive pace. It’s incredibly important in attacking players nowadays and if you aren’t quick you have to be fucking amazing on the ball. He isn’t amazing on the ball.
He lacks the physicality you’d expect from a man his size. He isn’t very quick, or very strong. In fact it often looks like he’s running in treacle. He
is very slow when in possession. His one trick is a nutmeg. That’s basically it.
He has a very limited passing range, particularly long raking passes. He can’t make them. His long range shooting is really really poor. People think he’s a good shooter because of a few goals four years ago. Since then he’s really inaccurate.
He’s at his best when he makes instinctive finishes.
I really don’t see how he fits into a modern attacking system. And he definitely isn’t good enough to play in an elite side. For example who would he get in the team for in either Liverpool or City. He wouldn’t. He doesn’t fit at all.
Nowadays I don’t even know where he fits in at Spurs. He’s regressed into a squad player really.
He gives the ball away so much and he seems tactically stupid. Always tries low percentage fancy flicks which rarely come off instead of being smart and intelligent with the ball.
Maybe he will make a comeback and be brilliant but I just don’t see a player with a well rounded enough game to be top top class. Too many obvious flaws in his game. He’s more like Tim Cahill.
Never surprises me how quick people are to post their 'insights' which very often come back to bite them...that one is a beauty though.I hope you realise how ridiculous posts like this are now. All it takes is a change in tactics giving him a free role and he's flourishing.
He’s like a player reborn but early days.I hope you realise how ridiculous posts like this are now. All it takes is a change in tactics giving him a free role and he's flourishing.
Just look at his record compared to the best goalscoring midfielders in the prem era. He is up there with the best. Yes he is a very instinctive player and yes not everything he does comes off, but it doesn't have to! He only needs to get it right, in the right areas, a couple of times per game. He is a match winner. When the pressure is really on, he steps up and makes things happen.He’s like a player reborn but early days.
My points still stand though. Even today he made a mess of some simple shots and passes. All his best stuff is instinctive, off the ball movement flicks and tricks. He was very very good today but he’s still has glaring weaknesses like his long shooting and and passing game.
Jose is playing to his strengths though and that’s great. I’m not complaining if Alli plays like today every week.
At least Seb is off suicide watch!Football365 - Dele Alli got lost within Tottenham's shifting shape but now he's been nursed back to his best by Mourinho...www.football365.com
Its partly that obviously, but I think it's no coincidence that he is playing in his natural position and more importantly we are getting the ball forward quickly again. Both goals came from long balls which bypassed the midfield. He is an instinctive player, he knows when to run and where to run to, playing slowly through midfield takes away his best qualities.It's amazing what being told you're a great player, then having a manager who knows his best position is, can do to a players confidence, form and performance levels.
I don’t think it’s the goals (welcome though they are), I think it’s the dribbling, the vision, the off the cuff passes which seem to defy physics. He’s playing with real flair and style right now and we’ve not seen it in a good while, and I say that as someone who usually found good in his performances in the past year.Dele Alli. It was not a matter of time before we started to see what Dele is capable of, we know his ceiling is high. The problem was, he had pretty serious hamstring injuries and was IMO burnt out from the amount of football he played leading up to the world cup and last season before he suffered the first injury.
Another unfair observation i noticed with Dele was/ if he's not scoring people judged him very harshly- He is scoring again now so people are talking about him again it's a bit catch 22.
Funny seeing his 1st and 50th are almost identical.I was crying out for Poch to push him back up top with Kane for years. Once it became clear the Dele as a no.8 experiment wasn't working, it made so much sense to play him where he was a teenage goalscoring sensation.
I wouldn't be surprised if Jose is actually showing Dele videos of his early goals as both goals, but particularly the second, were so typical of Dele in his early days. A pinpoint long pass from Toby combined with an excellent run behind and some close control. He's masterful at it. Watch his 3rd, 5th, 9th and 30th in this compilation to see the similarity (no. 43 is probably the most recent example).