Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that people should avoid describing young players as world class.
The retired striker made the comment while discussing Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli with the BBC’s 606.
The midfielder has been in fine form this season, scoring 20 goals and making 10 others in all competitions for the North London outfit.
It seems to be the sign of the times when a debate ensues about whether a young, impressive talent can slot into the ‘world-class’ bracket.
Alli emerged quickly as first-team regular at White Hart Lane following his 2015 move from MK Dons, and he has proven his ability by putting in consistently strong performances.
As well as being one of the first names on the teamsheet under manager Mauricio Pochettino, he has also become an England regular, earning 17 caps at the tender age of 20.
Alli has been key in keeping Premier League leaders Chelsea on their toes as he has made a major contribution to help Spurs move second in the table, seven points adrift of the top spot with seven games left to play.
He has scored five league goals in the last six games, and attention has turned to whether he can be considered a world-class player already.
Wright, though, believes that the best approach is not to overhype the midfielder.
— BBC 606 (@bbc606) April 9, 2017