- Dele Alli scored his 40th Premier League goal in Tottenham win on Saturday
- He is seventh-youngest player to reach the milestone in Premier League history
- Alli was 22 years, seven months and 27 days when he scored at Leicester
- Michael Owen was the youngest to achieve 40 Premier League goals
With everything he has accomplished in his career so far, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Dele Alli is still only 22.
The Tottenham Hotspur and England star has played regularly in the Premier League for three-and-a-half seasons and represented his country in two major tournaments.
And Alli reached two milestones on Saturday when his second-half diving header sealed Tottenham’s 2-0 Premier League win at Leicester City.
It was the 50th goal Alli has scored for Spurs in all competitions during his club career and the 40th he has notched in Premier League matches.
It’s not just that Alli has achieved these numbers at such a young age, but also that he’s done it from midfield, albeit in a side committed to attacking football under Mauricio Pochettino.
Alli reached 40 Premier League goals in 117 appearances and at the age of 22 years, seven months and 27 days, making him the seventh youngest to reach that mark.
In the history of the Premier League, it’s Michael Owen who reached 40 goals the quickest – at the age of 19 years, 11 months and six days.
That came when he scored Liverpool’s opening goal in a 2-0 away win at Sunderland on November 20, 1999. By that time, Owen was in his third full season leading Liverpool’s line and an England regular.