Lee Dixon reckons that if Mesut Ozil had Dele Alli’s nastiness, he’d be 10x the player he is now.
Alli featured in England’s 1-0 loss against Germany on Wednesday night and, despite the clash only being a friendly, once again the Spurs star impressed.
Speaking to ITV after the game, former Gunner Dixon hailed Alli’s desire, pointing out that Ozil just doesn’t have the same nasty streak.
“If he [Alli] is playing in the first team long term he is doing something right,” Dixon said.
“The fact that he has come into Tottenham’s first team and they are building around him, and now England, I think his talent is limitless.
“That streak within him is part of his drive to stay above everybody else.
“Ozil, if he had half of what Dele Alli has got, that nasty streak, he would be ten times a better player than what he is.
“He hasn’t got what Alli has got.”
There’s a fine line between having a strong desire to do well at all costs and a nasty player. At the moment, 20-year-old Alli is tightrope walking on that line. For example, although he doesn’t jump out as a nasty player, one look at his red card tackle on Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere gives an idea of what he’s capable of.
Obviously, no one wants Ozil skipping around breaking peoples’ legs.
However, there is definitely room for him to be a little more ruthless. As there is for most of the current Arsenal squad who are set to face Manchester City on 2 April are at 5/4 to lose on 10Bet odds.