Dele Alli and his burgeoning relationship with the Spurs faithful

For a player who has made just eight first team appearances for the club, Dele Alli's burgeoning relationship with the Tottenham fanbase is truly unique.

The fans appear to afford the former MK Dons man a degree of leeway players such as Erik Lamela and Paulinho were not granted upon their arrival, largely down to football's cut-throat nature, Alli has made an instant impact, the others did not.

The magnificent seven arriving under the shadow of Gareth Bale's departure no doubt contributed to the weight of expectation on their shoulders.

Alli arrived with little fanfare, and most either expected him to be a bit-part player in the Europa League and domestic cups, or head out on loan.

Alli's performances in pre-season were very promising, and his sublime nutmeg of Luka Modric in the Audi Cup against Real Madrid certainly did his chances of winning over the fans no harm.

The midfielder's performances of late have been nothing short of astounding, the England under-21 international has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water, a feat that mustn't be underestimated for a player who before August, hadn't played at a higher club-level than League One.

Alli's goal at Leicester earned him fewer plaudits than it would have had the Foxes not equalised less than a minute later, akin to Harry Kane's goal at Aston Villa last season.

The direct nature of Alli's game is something the game was crying out for prior to his introduction, Spurs had seen a lot of the ball but rarely threatened to penetrate the Leicester backline, a common theme of the past 12 months.

The directness is an element of Alli's game that accompanies his young age, and is an upshot of the youthful exuberance that will hopefully remain a part of his game for years to come.

While some may look at the midfielder's pass competition of 76% and demand improvement, players in the mould of Alli that will look forward and not always take the simple option of a sideways pass will, on paper, appear inferior to the likes of a Mousa Dembele or an Etienne Capoue, who, while being neat and tidy, offer about as much penetration as those plastic knives that accompany supermarket ready meals.

The frustration among the fans conjured by the manner in which the likes of Dembele play the game makes the nature of Alli's approach all the more welcome and refreshing.

The versatility of the 19-year-old has also been a welcome surprise. Alli has looked as comfortable playing off of the striker at no.10 as he does in his natural position in the centre of the midfield, his performance and assist in the 3-1 win over Qarabag in the Europa League playing off of Heung-Min Son highlighted just that.

While everything is going swimmingly, it isn't difficult to talk up his ability and potential, but it is integral that when Alli does suffer a dip in form, as all players do, the Spurs faithful remain in his corner and, for once, don't live up to the fickle nature of the football fan.