Dele Alli Profile
|Born||Apr 11, 1996|
|Birthplace||Milton Keynes, England|
Dele Alli has become one of the most important players for club and country after signing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2015. Still early in his career, there's time for him to add to his trophy haul.
Dele Alli is a central midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. During his time for Spurs, he has established himself in England's senior team after he progressed through each of their youth teams between 2012 and 2015. He joined Spurs in 2015 after progressing through MK Dons' academy.
Alli is considered to be an all-round midfielder who is capable of playing deeper and further forward to get goals and assists when necessary. He plays his best football in an attacking midfield position, so he is able to provide support to the striker playing ahead of him. But he has also played as a solo striker on a couple of occasions.
Alli enjoyed a lot of success during his first couple of years for Tottenham. He won the PFA Young Player of the Year award in back-to-back campaigns for 2015/16 and 2016/17. For his performances in them two years he was also named in the PFA Team of the Year.
Alli and Spurs
Alli first rose to prominence with MK Dons in the football league. He made his debut during the 2012/13 when he was 16 years old. He became a regular for them in 2013/14 before enjoying a standout season in 2014/15.
He got 16 goals and 11 assists for them that year. Included in that campaign was their historic 4-0 FA Cup victory over Manchester United. Alli played a big part in that win, and he subsequently attracted interest from top clubs around Europe. Tottenham beat competition to sign him for an initial fee of £5m. He re-joined MK Dons on loan for the rest of the season before he linked up with the Spurs first team at the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
Alli started the season on the fringes, but a few impressive showings earned him a regular starting spot for Tottenham. It proved to be a fantastic season for Alli, as he got 10 goals and 11 assists in all competitions. This was highlighted by a superb goal against Crystal Palace in January 2016, that won that season's BBC Goal of the Season award. His form was rewarded with an improved contract in January and at the end of the season he won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
His form stepped up to another level in 2016/17, as he was among the top scorers in the league with 18, as he also notched nine assists. Spurs finished second in the Premier League behind Chelsea, which was their highest placed finish since the 1962/63 campaign. Alli was again named in the PFA Team of the Year for his showings and he also won the PFA Young Player of the Year Award for the second year running.
The 2017/18 campaign was another strong season for Spurs, as they finished third, seven points clear of Chelsea in fifth. Alli shone again with 14 goals and 17 assists in all competitions.
Alli's form dipped slightly in 2018/19 in a historic season for Spurs. The midfielder got two assists in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Ajax as Spurs went through to the final for the first time ever. This was a great run for the club and a lot of it was down to the work done by Mauricio Pochettino, who got the best out of Alli throughout their time working together.
Tottenham could not kick on from reaching the Champions League final, as Pochettino left the club in November 2019. Alli started positively under new boss, Jose Mourinho, who operated him in the attacking midfield. But he was out of the team as the season came to a conclusion.
Alli and Mourinho were featured heavily in the recent 'All or Nothing' Tottenham documentary, in which Alli was berated by his boss for being a bad trainer. Mourinho did praise his quality, but his game time has decreased massively since Mourinho took over.
This led to talk of him leaving in the summer, with PSG said to be interested, but he remains at the club for now.
Dele Alli and England
Alli picked up numerous caps at youth level for England between 2012 and 2015. He earned his first call-up by Gareth Southgate for the U-21 side in September 2015. It was reported earlier in the year that John Fashanu tried to persuade Alli to play internationally for Nigeria, but he opted to play for England in the end.
In October 2015 he was called into the senior squad by Roy Hodgson. He came on as a late substitute against Estonia at Wembley to pick up his first senior cap. His first goal for his country came in his first start, as he earned his fourth cap against France. Alli opened the scoring before Wayne Rooney doubled their advantage in the second half.
While he was shining for Tottenham, he was a regular in the England team, which included appearances in each of England's disappointing Euro 2016 campaign. Alli continued to be selected right through to the 2018 World Cup, which proved to be a success for the Three Lions.
England reached the semi-final stage, but they were knocked out of the competition after a 2-1 extra-time defeat to Croatia. Alli scored a pivotal goal in England's quarter-final against Sweden. Harry Maguire opened the scoring before Alli secured the win with a header in the second half.
With his game time for Tottenham decreasing, Alli started to be left out of the England squad. This comes at the same time as the likes of Mason Mount, Jack Grealish and James Maddison's reputations have grown. All these players prefer to play in attacking midfield like Alli, which is making it even more difficult for him to get back in the squad ahead of the European Championships.
Alli was born in Milton Keynes, England. His father, Kehinde, is of Nigerian descent, but his mother Denise is originally from England. He had a difficult childhood, as he moved to Nigeria when he was nine while his mother was struggling with alcohol issues. He was there for two years before he returned to Milton Keynes.
When he was 13, he started to live with Alan and Sally Hickford, who he refers to as his 'adoptive parents'. As a result, Alli decided a few years ago to start using just 'Dele' on his shirt with him feeling like he did not have any connection to the Alli family name.
Alli is in a long-term relationship with model Ruby Mae. They started dating in 2016, though they separated in February 2019. Ahead of the Champions League final, the couple reunited and they remain together to this day.
The Spurs midfielder also does a lot of charity work, especially with Magic Breakfast, who work with underprivileged children to provide them with breakfasts. Earlier in 2020 Alli and his other Tottenham teammates worked to raise money for Noah's Ark Children's Hospice.
As of 2020, Alli's net worth is believed to be around $7m. Alli currently earns $133,000 per week at Tottenham and he is among the club's highest earners. He is also one of the highest priced attacking midfielders in the world, as transfermarkt currently value him at over $61m.
Alli is represented by CAA Base Ltd, which is a player agency. They work with some of the world's best players including Heung-min Son, Raphael Varane and Kyle Walker. He is sponsored by Adidas and this deal has seen him included in several of their adverts in recent years.