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.
“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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“He’s the best young midfielder I have seen for some time.”
The one frustration for McDermott is that Alli didn’t end up at Liverpool, despite Anfield interest.
“Liverpool knew all about him — especially with Karl Robinson, the MK Dons manager at the time, being a huge Liverpool fan,” added McDermott.
“He’s a player who you just tell to go where he wants. Kevin Keegan used to say to Peter Beardsley, ‘Go and just drop a few bombs everywhere.’ Kevin would say the same to Alli if he was in charge of him.
“I don’t like to hear of a team being built around one player, but someone like Alli can be a major influence for Gareth Southgate in the England team as he is now at Tottenham.
“He’s a certainty to be involved for England for years to come, even if he headed to somewhere like Real Madrid.
“I remember when I was at Birmingham we played a pre-season game against MK Dons in Ireland. There had been talk about this kid, he was just 16 at the time, before the game.
“And he didn’t disappoint.
“He looked a real player. He was quality.
“I was worried about his build as he was very slight, but over the last couple of years he has become more solid.”