Premier League legend surprised as Spurs star fails to make POTY shortlist

The Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer and Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer says he is “very suprised” that in-form Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli wasn’t named on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award.

While Chelsea duo N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimvoic, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, Everton star Romelu Lukaku and his Spurs teammate Harry Kane all made the cut, the 21-year-old missed out despite scoring his 16th Premier League goal in just his 30th appearance of the season in the 4-0 win against Watford last weekend.

He was however nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year accolade alongside Kane, Lukaku, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Leroy Sane, with the winner being announced on April 23.

The scintillating form of Alli is one of the main reasons that the north London outfit are once again challenging for the Premier League title, where they lie seven points behind the leaders Chelsea with just seven matches of the campaign remaining.

As well as his goalscoring ability, the England international has shown that he can create chances for his teammates too after picking up five assists and making a further 37 key passes this term.

Newcastle United legend Shearer was quick to tweet his confusion at the decision considering what Alli has achieved at such a young age this season.

The 21-year-old and Tottenham could see this weekend as the ideal opportunity to close the gap on Antonio Conte’s side at the summit as they play host to Bournemouth at White Hart Lane on Saturday, while the Blues face former manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.