Ossie Ardiles claims Dele Alli can be the new Paul Gascoigne and Glenn Hoddle rolled into one for Tottenham and England.
And Spurs legend Hoddle admits he can see similarities between himself and the modern-day midfield diamond.
Alli has enjoyed a whirlwind 18 months by winning 15 Three Lions caps as well as being named as 2015-2016 PFA Young Player of the Year and included in last season’s Team of the Year.
This season, the 20-year-old has had to overcome a difficult start on the back of a dismal Euros but the attacking threat is slowly showing his class again and scored his fifth goal of his domestic campaign to help Spurs beat Burnley 2-1 on Sunday.
And Ardiles believes the future is bright for Alli under Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Ardiles, who made more than 200 Spurs appearances, said: “Dele Alli is a wonderful, wonderful player – he reminds me of Glenn Hoddle quite a lot.
“In fact, the more I see of him, the more I think that, because he is developing.
“When he arrived, he was a kind of just a ‘normal’ midfielder. Now he does things differently. He has an air of arrogance about him that I like.
“Glenn had it as well, so did Paul Gascoigne. I like that. Without a doubt, Mauricio can play a big part in his development.
“I think he will (one day be up there with Hoddle and Gascoigne). “It is amazing the way he is improving all the time. He is incredibly young. People ask too many questions of him at times.
“They expect too much of him and are quick to criticise – he did this or that wrong.
“But he is very, very young and the future is incredibly bright for him – I think he could be one of the best players in England.”