It’s been quite a year for Dele Alli.
Well, not even a full year.
Alli joined Tottenham Hotspur from MK Dons on Feb. 2, going back to Milton Keynes on loan for the rest of the season. He’d finish the season with 16 goals for the League One side, celebrating his 19th birthday on the way.
He’s now a fixture for Spurs, with five goals this season, and has four caps and a goal for England. Alli even hit the tabloid rumor mill, with hints that clubs like Real Madrid could come calling for the teenager.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been clear that Alli and Harry Kane are going nowhere as the North London club looks to assert itself as a world power by winning the Premier League and going into the UEFA Champions League.
And Spurs took the next step to cementing Alli’s status at White Hart Lane with a new five-year deal. From TottenhamHotspur.com:
“When I moved from MK with the philosophy they have as a club it was important I found that wherever I went and the football here really fits me as a player and all the people help me. I’ve a lot to learn and this is a great club to do that.”
It’s somewhere between insurance and another statement of intent from Spurs, who seem as primed as any club to make a significant jump in Europe’s standing. They’ll just need to turn back the ghosts that usually haunt seasons from reaching their potential.