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“Absolutely brilliant” Alli destined for a Barcelona or Real Madrid, says predecessor McDermott

Date Posted,April 1, 2017

Dele Alli ‘s goals will lead to a big-money move to one of Europe’s top clubs, says Terry ­McDermott.

The former Liverpool star’s marauding runs from midfield, spiced with unforgettable strikes, turned the happy-go-lucky Scouser into a Kop legend.

McDermott who has just released his autobiography , Living For The ­Moment , is worried that ­scoring from deep-lying ­positions is a dying art; that the days of goal-scoring midfielders such as Bryan Robson, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are almost extinct.

But he insists Tottenham ace Alli is one player in the ­Premier League – and at international level with England – who is bucking the trend.

McDermott sees almost nobody reaching double-figures from midfield like he used to (Photo: MDM)

“I’ve said for some time you must have ­midfielders who are ­contributing goals,” said McDermott. “Unless you are a holding midfield player, you’ve got to chip in with at least 10 a season. Anything above that is a bonus.

“If you look at ­England, for example, and take out Dele Alli’s goals – who gets them? It’s not just a problem with England, it’s a problem with a lot of teams. Midfield players these days simply don’t score enough goals.

“But Alli is brilliant, ­absolutely brilliant. He can do everything.

“He’s a tough little so and so as well. He’s not frightened of getting stuck in. He has done daft things, like we’ve all done. He’s punched someone, gone over the top while tackling, but he’s still a young kid and has ­everything going for him.

“He can only get better and, when he does, ­Barcelona and Real Madrid will come calling – and I’ll be his agent!

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