Queens Park Rangers ace Eberechi Eze has been talking up his admiration of Dele Alli for the way he progressed through the EFL to make a name for himself at Tottenham and on the international stage with England.
Alli started his career with MK Dons and quickly outgrew the lower echelons of the EFL, earning himself a move to Tottenham.
Since making the switch to North London, Alli has thrived in a Spurs shirt and established himself for England, helping his country to the final four of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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Across London at Loftus Road, Eze is touted as one young English playmaker with a future that could shadow Alli, with FootballLondon even noting Spurs’ admiration of the 21-year-old.
And, Eze has recently been discussing his admiration of Alli for the way he’s progressed through the EFL and onto the top stage.
“He’s (Alli) shown that it’s possible to go from lower league and fit right in and even become more than what people expected you to be,” Eze told The Beautiful Game podcast.
“When you look at guys like that, just like Raheem [Sterling] and [Jadon] Sancho, you appreciate what they’ve done and you look at them and it’s a round of applause to you because they’ve actually done it.”
Eze has found his most consistent levels this season for QPR, helping Mark Warburton’s side stay in play-off contention throughout the season.
In 37 appearances, the young playmaker has scored 12 goals and registered eight assists.
Alli is a great example of what hard work can do for an EFL prospect.
He is a household name in English football, but got there the hard way.
Eze is one player looking to follow his path, whilst others like Kalvin Phillips and Leeds and Ollie Watkins at Brentford will hope for their crack at the Premier League before long.
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