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Tottenham's Dele Alli most experienced young player - CIES

No player born in 1996 or afterwards has made more domestic league appearances than Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, according to the CIES Football Observatory.

Alli, 19, was born on April 11, 1996, and has gone on to play in 98 league matches for MK Dons and Spurs since making his debut in 2012.

The midfielder is currently enjoying a stellar season so far, having broken into the Tottenham first team as they chase down the Premier League title, while he also made his international debut for England.

Alli's tally of 98 league appearances -- his last coming in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League win over Swansea -- puts him ahead of Sporting Gijon's Alen Halilovic and Villarreal's Matias Nahuel, who have played in 97 and 85 league games respectively.

The CIES Football Observatory's research also found that the current squad member playing in one of Europe's top five leagues to have played the most domestic league games during his career is Leicester goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

Schwarzer, 43, has made 626 league appearances while playing for clubs including Middlesbrough, Fulham and Chelsea.

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon and Southampton's Kelvin Davis -- both goalkeepers -- have also played in over 600 league games.

Most experienced players for their age group:

Born in 1996 or after: Dele Alli, Tottenham, 98 matches

Born in 1995: Samu Castillejo, Villarreal, 129 matches

Born in 1994: Nathan Redmond, Norwich, 163 matches

Born in 1993: Romelu Lukaku, Everton, 210 matches

Born in 1992: Koke, Atlético Madrid, 236 matches


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