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oulala - Out-of-sorts Dele Alli still well ahead of in-form Jesse Lingard

Out-of-sorts Dele Alli still well ahead of in-form Jesse Lingard

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Jesse Lingard is undoubtedly enjoying his best ever season, while Dele Alli's form appears to have taken a dip when compared to his two previous campaigns. In the build up to Wednesday's Premier League clash between Tottenham and Manchester United, stats released by daily fantasy football game Oulala.com in fact reveal that even at the top of his game, Lingard is still well behind Alli in every key area apart from goals. 
Recently dubbed the 'English Andres Iniesta' by former Man United coach Rene Meulensteen, Jesse Lingard has become a regular starter under Jose Mourinho this season thanks to an impressive scoring streak that has seen the 24-year-old bag seven league goals and 12 in all competitions. 
On the flip side, Dele Alli's goals have dried up when compared to his last two seasons. Having found the back of the net 10 times in the Premier League in 2015/16, Alli followed up with a further 18 league goals in 2016/17. The 21-year-old's current tally of five has led to some unfair criticism, especially in the first few months of the campaign. 
Although Lingard appears to be having a better season than Alli, it's actually the Spurs man that has statistically been the stronger player, topping Lingard in seven out of eight key areas. 

Alli has registered more assists, shots, key passes and successful dribbles, while also winning more set pieces for his side. The stats go on to show that the 21-year-old has also contributed more defensively, winning more tackles and interceptions when compared to Lingard. 
It could be argued that goals win games, however someone has to create those goals. When Alli's superior stats both offensively and defensively are also taken into account, a different picture is formed. 
Has Dele Alli been unfairly criticised this season? Is Jesse Lingard the English Andres Iniesta? One thing is for certain... stats don't lie.