Yesterday, the PFA’s Player of the Year award nominees were announced with one notable omission – Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli.
The 21-year-old is enjoying yet another phenomenal season after making the step up from League One in summer 2015, notching up a staggering 16 goals from midfield and proving the difference on countless occasions amid Spurs’ somewhat unexpected bid for the Premier League title.
Alli’s had to make do with a nomination for the Young Player of the Year award instead and one of the prevailing arguments to justify his exclusion from the senior version is who the England international would would actually replace in the six-man shortlist.
All are worthy inclusions, but the statistics – provided by Oulala – suggest he should be getting in over Manchester United centre-forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
In terms of Premier League form, Alli has outperformed the iconic Swede on virtually every attacking metric – pass completion, conversion rate, shot accuracy, successful take-ons and fouls won – whilst he’s provided the same number of assists and is just one behind in the goal rankings, despite playing in a deeper position.
So, does Alli deserve to be in the shortlist over Zlatan? Let us know by voting below!