Former England international Jamie Redknapp thinks Dele Alli is now worth more than £50m and Tottenham must match his ambitions to keep him.
Alli struck twice as Spurs battled from a goal down to beat 10-man Southampton 4-1 on Wednesday night and claim their first away victory since September.
The England international of Nigerian descent was making his 50th Premier League appearance for Spurs since arriving from MK Dons, and has been involved in 26 goals (16 goals, 10 assists) for the north London club.
Redknapp thinks Alli has the scope to improve further over the next few years.
“He possesses everything to become one of the best midfielders in the world,” Redknapp said.
“They paid £5m for him. He’s now a £50m-plus player. He scores goals, he makes goals and he’s got that devilment that all good midfielders possess.
“He’s a sensational footballer – Tottenham are extremely lucky to have him. It’s amazing to see how quickly he’s become of the best players around. I think there’s so much more to come from him, too.” He told skysports.
His overall performance impressed Redknapp, who thinks Alli has a unique talent.
“He’s got a good footballing arrogance that I’ve only seen a few times in my life,” Redknapp said.
“Steven Gerrard had it when he was 17 – he walked onto the pitch with the first team and you knew you were in the presence of greatness. It’s the same with Alli. He’s only 20 but he looks at all the other players and thinks ‘I’m better than you’.” Redknapp added.