Dele Alli’s form this season has been widely discussed in football circles, with some even debating whether the Tottenham Hotspur star is world class.
Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol, who now works as a pundit for ESPN, believes that Alli will only reach top status if he leaves White Hart Lane.
The midfielder has become one of Mauricio Pochettino’s key players, despite his young age, and he has already contributed with 16 goals and five assists in 30 Premier League appearances.
Tottenham are the closest challengers to Chelsea for the league title as they have cut down the lead to seven points, but Nicol believes that the club are not at the Blues’ level just yet.
In fact, he thinks that Spurs will never take that step up, suggesting that Alli will follow in Gareth Bale’s lead and move to a so-called bigger club in the future.
Bale left Spurs in 2013 to join Real Madrid in a then-world record fee of £85m, and he has gone on to win two Champions League trophies.
Nicol told ESPN:
“They are a team that are not ready to win the Premier League title. If [Alli] is going to be that superstar he may have to do what Gareth Bale did, go eventually. I see that happening [Alli leaving].
“I don’t see Spurs getting to the next level, I don’t see them spending the money to get to the next level and that means players like Dele Alli, they will go eventually.”