Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has been named the PFA Young Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
The 21-year-old picked up the gong at an awards ceremony on Sunday night much to the delight of Spurs fans, who were keen to see their hero recognised for another outstanding campaign.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) April 24, 2017
Alli has flourished under manager Mauricio Pochettino since signing back in the summer of 2015, becoming one of the hottest young properties in the world game.
The former MK Dons man has hit 20 goals across all competitions this term, including 16 in the Premier League as Tottenham have once again mounted a title challenge.
His second-half equaliser in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea was not enough to see his side through to May’s showpiece, with the Blues eventually triumphing 4-2 at Wembley.
However, the White Hart Lane outfit are just four points behind their London rivals in the league table and still harbour ambitions of overturning Antonio Conte’s leaders with six games remaining.
To do so, Spurs will need Alli to maintain the high standards that saw him voted as the best young player in the country by his peers.
Tottenham fans took to Twitter to congratulate their idol, but there was a mixed response from supporters of other clubs, with the best of the reaction below:
So so deserved @Dele_Alli genius with his feet ðŸ’™ https://t.co/0gL3klgMo6
— Candice Brown (@CandiceBrown) April 24, 2017
@Dele_Alli well deserved ðŸ‘ðŸ‘ðŸ‘ #COYS
— DJ Craig.E.D (@craig_dw) April 24, 2017
— Jerdi (@jerdi07) April 24, 2017
Kante poty I can understand but how in God's name has Alli won YPOTY over lukaku
— A (@MxsutOziI) April 23, 2017
@Dele_Alli congratulations on your award. Really well deserved! #COYS
— Luke Whitehead (@ercband) April 24, 2017
— Scott Ellaway (@Scottella501) April 24, 2017
Still wondering how dele alli won YPOTY I mean lukaku was right there
— SHAMS (@OT_shammah) April 24, 2017
— SÃ©gunfÃºnmi (@segoslavia) April 24, 2017
Just woke up from a horrific dream where Kante won PFA POTY and Alli won YPOTY, hope I never have that dream again.
— 10 (@Eden10EN) April 24, 2017
@Dele_Alli Well done on the PFA award Sir! Could've won both categories really! Shame Christian not nominated too. What a season! COYS!ðŸ‘ðŸ™Œ
— Ben (@barongreen2) April 24, 2017
— Farook Qais (@farook112) April 24, 2017
— Beckyyyy (@Beckybumsquashh) April 23, 2017
How can Alli be YPOTY ahead of players nominated ahead of him for the actual POTY like Lukaku? It's a complete contradiction.
— Martyn Duff (@MartynDuff) April 23, 2017
Congrats @Dele_Alli Spurs now had 5 of the last 6 young player of the year winners. Best youth set up in the league #coys
— Ed Dowdell (@eddowdell) April 23, 2017
— Tottenham Army (@tottenhamarmy01) April 23, 2017
— Toni ðŸ‘¸ðŸ»ðŸ–¤ (@Toebian) April 23, 2017
— harry smith (@110Hazza) April 23, 2017