The news that Dele Alli has accepted a violent conduct charge put to him by the FA following Monday’s match against West Brom.
The player’s admission of guilt looks to guarantee that he will miss the remaining Tottenham matches, including the final game of the season at Newcastle.
Between them, Harry Kane and Dele Alli have scooped most of the plaudits for the outstanding Spurs season so far.
However, some amazing stats suggest that Dele Alli should be getting a far bigger share of the credit…
Tottenham have won 19 Premier League matches this season and 18 of those have been amongst the 28 league games that the young midfielder has started.
What is more, the only Premier League match that Spurs have won when Dele Alli didn’t start was the 1-0 home win over Watford – when Dele Alli came off the bench in the 61st minute and three minutes later Alli grabbed an assist when creating the chance for Kieran Trippier to score the only goal of the game.
Only turning 20 this month, Dele Alli has got an astonishing 10 goals and 9 assists in the Premier League from midfield.
His influence was obvious but the stats above take it to another level.
Newcastle United were actually long time favourites to land Dele Alli from MK Dons and it makes you think ‘what might have been’?
Though you have to wonder what would have happened if Dele Alli had arrived at Newcastle under John Carver, rather than Tottenham under Pochettino…