In landing MK Dons prodigy Dele Alli, Tottenham have stolen a march on several Premier League rivals while simultaneously adding the final piece to their superstar midfield of tomorrow.
Combine the 18-year-old’s goalscoring knack with the tenacious industry of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb’s class and Spurs have all the ingredients for the perfect triumvirate in the middle of the park.
The talent is undoubtedly there, all the trio need now is top-flight experience and boss Mauricio Pochettino is sure to afford them it.
Never afraid to place faith in young talent, the Argentine is the perfect mentor to aid the continued growth of these precocious players and he’ll have high hopes for Alli especially.
The £5m deadline day acquisition’s 12 strikes for the season so far make him the top-scoring midfielder across all four divisions of English football and having returned to the MK Dons on loan for the remainder of the campaign, he’s sure to build on this impressive tally.
Spurs have tried and failed to procure a player of Alli’s ilk for many a campaign, squandering mountains of cash in the process on unsuccessful ventures such as Paulinho and Mousa Dembele.
His aggressive, energetic approach to midfield play will ensure he’s a bigger hit at White Hart Lane than either of these senior stars, while also providing the perfect compliment to Bentaleb’s refined, articulated style.
The Algerian has constantly impressed since being ingratiated into the Spurs first-team last term, producing mature performances that belie his 20 years.
His attacking excellence has been exemplified in a more advanced role for the Fennec Foxes at the African Cup of Nations; a wonder strike to dump out Senegal at the group stage was particularly noteworthy.
Exceptional in possession, he averages just shy of 60 passes per Premier League outing this term, with 86.5 per cent of these typically finding their mark.
In a midfield trio with Mason at the base, the pair would be able to showcase their obvious attacking talents on account of his defensive diligence.
The 23-year-old is enjoying previously unimaginable levels of first-team responsibility under Pochettino and is repaying the manager’s trust in tireless running and lots tackles.
He engages opponents 3.3 times per match on average, while two top-flight assists prove he’s also capable with the ball.
Mason is the only one of the trio in contention to play when Spurs battle Arsenal for north London bragging rights this weekend and his ferocity is exactly what’s required if they are to upset the odds and win at 11/5.