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Former Chelsea star Wayne Bridge has made a sensational claim that Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli would be the successor to Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

Dele Alli is having a dream season with Spurs, having scored 18 goals and made 10 assists in 41 appearances. He is growing into one of the best in the world and has progressed leaps and bounds over the past two years.

He is certainly the best young footballer in the Premier League right now and former Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge says Alli would be a huge success at Chelsea.

Bridge, who played for Chelsea from 2003-08, made 142 appearances for the Blues, before moving to Manchester City in January 2009. He was quoted by Express:

“I’d love to see Dele Alli in a Chelsea shirt. Obviously, it’s a bit controversial for him to leave Spurs and go to Chelsea, but I think under Antonio Conte he would do really well.  The question is how important they think that player is to their team and how much they are willing to spend?”

The left-back went on to say that the Blues are missing Lampard and Alli would be the perfect player to fill in for the retired English international. He also feels that Dele Alli is exciting to watch and admits it wouldn’t be an easy job to replace Lampard at Chelsea. Bridge said:

“Chelsea definitely miss Frank Lampard and for me Dele Alli is the closest player at this precise moment that could fill his [Frank Lampard’s] boots. He is starting off the right way and he’s so exciting to watch. Lampard’s done it for years and years and he’s proved himself. For Chelsea, he was just outstanding. Over the last decade, he’s got to be one of the best Premier League players.”

“It’s obviously a big ask and it wouldn’t be an easy job, but I think he [Dele Alli] has got it in him to progress and do what Lampard has done. He’s got the attributes to go and do it – he’s still young, he can score goals, he can assist and he works hard.”

Wayne Bridge

Wayne Bridge

Bridge also compared the way Lampard and Alli play and said that Alli shares the knack of being in the right place at the right time to score a goal, with the legendary midfielder. He said:

“They always seem to be in the right place at the right time to nick a goal. It is the way they read the play, they get in the right positions. They are both hard workers as well. To be a midfielder and to be able to score goals like that is just a natural talent. I think Lampard could have been a striker.”

“He [Dele Alli] is doing it for England as well. If England are going to win a tournament, him scoring goals is going to be an important part of that. He’s young and has got time.”

Whether or not if Dele Alli moves to Chelsea is a different question altogether, but the fact that a player who had spent many years with Lampard in the dressing room coming out to say that Alli can replace the English legend is quite a huge accolade and Alli can be proud of this comparison.

Instead of becoming Chelsea’s next Lampard, Alli would be well recognised if he became Tottenham’s first Dele Alli.

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“The tackle was nice, eh?” – Mauricio Pochettino hails Eric Dier’s incredible tackle on Sergio Ramos

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Eric Dier’s tackle on Sergio Ramos during England’s 3-2 win over Spain was a reflection of what the Argentine has tried to instil at the club.

The Lilywhites have been brilliant under the manager since he took over from Southampton. We are now regulars for a top-four spot and lie a couple of points behind the Premier League leaders after eight games.

Pochettino was quoted by the Guardian as saying:

“The tackle was nice, eh?

“He touched the ball. In England, that’s never a foul. In Europe, it’s different. But to be brave like this – look, Dier is a holding midfielder and he was pressing Sergio Ramos in the penalty area.

“That is the mentality that, from day one at Spurs, we have tried to translate to the players. I feel proud about that. It’s a fantastic attitude, one that we always need to keep pushing.”

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Eric Dier

Dier did get booked for that challenge in Seville but it set the tone for the rest of the game. The manager also spoke about the significance of moments such as the one from Dier.

“The signal that you send to your opponents is important.

“To say: ‘We are not scared of you. We come here and we want to beat you.’

“We can play good or bad but always it’s about the attitude. With different attitudes, sure, the game would be completely different and have different results. With only talent you cannot beat any team. But talent with attitude is everything.”

Tottenham have made a decent start in the league and hopefully, we will be able to carry the same form for the rest of the season.

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We have lost both our games in the Champions League so far, and face a couple of crucial ties against PSV Eindhoven next.

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“I had friends that chose a criminal life” – Tottenham star opens up about how football saved him

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Tottenham attacker Lucas Moura has credited football of saving him from a life of crime in Sao Paulo.

The former Paris Saint-Germain star has found his feet in England, after a tough six months last season, and claimed a number of his friends went down the “bad way.”

Moura was speaking to the Evening Standard and was quoted saying:

“It was very difficult when I was young because there are problems with violence, gangs, guns, drugs – a criminal life.

“I had friends that choose a criminal life. Some of them are in prison and some of them are dead. They chose the bad way.

“I played a lot of football in the street. My dream was to become a footballer – that’s why I didn’t go to the bad way. I always believed I could realise my dream and give another life to my family.”

Moura added that his parents sent him down the right path and that he always wanted to be a footballer and nothing else.

The Brazilian’s form this season saw him earn a recall to the national side. Moura has three goals from eight Premier League games and has been one of the more consistent players for Tottenham.

The 26-year-old was used sparingly by Mauricio Pochettino after joining us in January but believes he can get better.

“The first five months was to adapt to the new life, the new championship, the new coach, a new country, a new club.

“Now I’ve done a pre-season with the team and I understand what the coach expects from me. Here the game is so dynamic, the intensity is so high. I hope I’m a little far from my best. I’m playing well but can do better.”

The Brazilian hasn’t hit the levels that he did during his first few years with PSG but working with Pochettino should help him reach his potential.

Read more: Tottenham target’s manager shoots down rumours of move for £20m star

The season is only a few games in and hopefully, we will see the best of Moura in the coming months.

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Arsenal leading race to sign £50m-rated Tottenham target

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Cengiz Under

Arsenal are leading the chase to sign AS Roma winger Cengiz Under, according to ForzaRoma (h/t Mirror).

The Turkish youngster joined the Italian side in 2017 and has been one of the most impressive players for the team.

The report claims that the Gunners are leading Tottenham and Bayern Munich for the 21-year-old’s signature. Under has a couple of goals and three assists from eight games this season and played for the Turkish national side during the international break.

The 21-year-old is valued at around £50m (h/t Mirror) and is one of the best youngsters in world football at the moment.

Although Tottenham didn’t bring in new faces in the summer, we can’t rule out transfers in the winter window.

Almost every team will be looking to add quality in the winter window and we should be no different. It will be interesting to see if we continue keeping tabs on the Turkish international as the season progresses.

Tottenham could do with someone of Under’s quality in the team, as he seems ready for Premier League football.

Read more: Tottenham target’s manager shoots down rumours of move for £20m star

The 21-year-old could get even better under the watchful eye of Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine is one of the best managers in the world, and his record of getting the best out of youngsters could help us land some quality players in January.

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