Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has signed a new contract with the north London club that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2021.
Spurs revealed the news on Tuesday:
Tottenham Hotspur @SpursOfficial
We're delighted to announce that @Dele_Alli has signed a new contract with the Club which will run until 2021. #COYS https://t.co/2BzSLQDl9L2016-1-12 11:00:27
In his first season with Tottenham since signing from MK Dons in February 2015, Alli has become a key part of Mauricio Pochettino's midfield.
The 19-year-old Englishman has made 18 Premier League appearances in 2015-16, scoring five goals and providing three assists, per WhoScored.com.
As noted by Opta, he has been the most effective young attacking player in the English top flight this season:
8 - Dele Alli has been involved in more Premier League goals this season than any U21 player (8, five goals, three assists). Prodigy.2016-1-12 11:16:01
PA Dugout passed on Alli's comments upon signing his new deal:
PA Dugout @PAdugout
Here's Dele Alli on his new deal with @SpursOfficial #THFC https://t.co/c3hsZFLo732016-1-12 11:13:05
Along with the likes of Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Tom Carroll, Alli is part of an exciting core of English players at the north London club.
He made his international debut in October last year and scored a stunning goal in his first start for Roy Hodgson's England side against France.
Bleacher Report's Dean Jones revealed that Alli was in line for a new deal last month and indicated he was set for a significant pay increase:
It is unquestionably a good move from Spurs to have tied the youngster down to a new deal, as Alli has shown this season that he has a bright future ahead of him.
Having rewarded Alli with improved terms, Spurs will surely now be hoping that he kicks on and improves even further in the second half of the Premier League season.
Pochettino's men are currently only six points back from table-topping Arsenal and could launch a genuine title challenge if they can string a few wins together.