Is Dele Alli among England’s greats? How good was that Manchester City team goal? Is Philippe Coutinho now Brazil’s greatest export?
We try to answer those questions and take a look at some of the other interesting stats from the weekend.
Could Alli be ‘The Greatest’?
The stat: Dele Alli (40) has been involved in as many Premier League goals before turning 21 as Frank Lampard (15), Steven Gerrard (13) and David Beckham (12) combined.
He floats across the pitch like a butterfly and stings like a bee, as Watford discovered during Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at White Hart Lane.
Alli’s stunning opener for Spurs, scored three days before his 21st birthday, further underlined the precocious talent of the youngster who, it is worth remembering, was scoring for MK Dons against Leyton Orient less than two years ago.
That is now an incredible 19 goals in all club competitions for the attacking midfielder this season, following on from the 10 he managed in his debut season for Spurs. He has now also scored more league goals (16) this season than any other under-21 player in Europe’s top five leagues.
So what transfer fee would you attach to him now? £50m? £60m?
could conceivably multiply that by two because the attacking midfielder has had a hand in as many Premier League goals before turning 21 as fellow Englishmen Frank Lampard (15), Steven Gerrard (13) and David Beckham (12) combined.
But wait, this is what former Premier League midfielder Robbie Savage had to say about Alli on BBC Radio 5 live’s 606:
“What is world class? I think to be world class you have to affect big games, do it on a regular basis and win games on your own. To say he is world class now is a huge statement. Name me big games he’s affected, particularly in Europe and the Champions League. Potentially yes, but is he now?”
Will the table below change Robbie’s thinking?