The Professional Football Association got together over the weekend to hand out their annual awards, as you know Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez took home the big gong as player of the year, but just as important (or more important, if you’re the type of person who wants to over hype England heading into Euro 2016) was the announcement that Spurs midfielder Dele Alli has been named PFA Young Player of the Year. An award which means he’ll be instantly linked with Real Madrid because Gareth Bale won PFA Young Player of the Year for Spurs and he moved to Madrid almost instantly.
Alli has been pretty much an ever present in Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspurs side this season and has rewarded his managers trust by tallying 10 goals and 12 assists and forming a dynamic partnership with striker Harry Kane which has been so important to the North London side title aspirations (come on Leicester!). Alli’s goals and assists mean that he’s been involved in roughly a third of all goals scored by Spurs in the League; and have seen his status vaulted to that of ‘certain starter’ for England in the upcoming Euro 2016; and pretty much of that before the age of 20 (Alli only just turned 20 on the 11th of last month)
As far as his boots go, Alli has been an Adidas man since his boyhood days at hometown club MK Dons and has always favoured control, and made the switch from the Predator LZ line to the Ace line, in the big Adidas brand shake up of 2015. This season has seen him begin the season wearing the Ace 15.1, before swapping at mid-season and being marketed as one of the faces of Adidas brand new laceless Ace 16+PURECONTROL. It’s a boot Alli has taken to like ‘a duck to water’; taking advantage of the boots Primeknit construction, designed to give the perfect fit and the smoothest strike possible, given the laceless upper.
If there’s one thing for certain, the kid from Milton Keynes can “ball” (as the kids would say) and the PURECONTROL only further emphasizes that point. Now if only the upper echelons of the English Football Association don’t find a way to ruin the lad at the international level.