Tottenham Hotspurs Dele Alli has become the second fastest English midfielder to reach 20 Premier League goals.
His strike rate is more impressive than such illuminaries as Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard (who is his idol) who were regular goalscorers.
Alli netted twice as Tottenham defeated Chelsea 2 – 0 at Whit Hart Lane.
The 20-year-old made his Spurs debut in August 2015 after moving from Milton Keynes Dons for £5 million, taking just two weeks to score his first goal for the London club and just 18 months later, he has bagged 20 goals for the club – taking just 52 games to do so.
Attacking midfielder Matt Le Tissier took 50 games to reach that tally for Southampton against Liverpool in October 1993.
Alli is now level with Peter Beardsley who was a prodigious talent for Newcastle United.
Rafael van der Vaart took 44 games for Spurs to net 20 goals, putting them ahead of such luminaries as Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Frank Lampard.
Beckham needed 90 games to score 20 times in the Premier League and both Gerrard and Lampard requiring over 100 league games each.
Paul Scholes took 74 games to net 20 goals for Manchester United and was the third fastest English midfielder before Alli levelled Beardsley’s 52 game mark.
Dele Alli hit 20 Premier League goals faster than some of the division’s best scorers
– The Englishman hit the 20-goal-mark in just 52 games for Tottenham Hotspurs
– Legends like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard took over 100 games to hit the milestone
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