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Call him Dele: Alli keeps Tottenham kit number, changes shirt name

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Dele Alli to have “Dele” listed on the back of his match shirts, will keep #20

Tottenham Hotspur released its official list of squad numbers today, and while Dele Alli is keeping his number for Tottenham Hotspur, his new shirt will have a different name. Spurs announced on social media today that its young superstar will keep the number 20 that he wore on his shirt last season, but his kit will have only the name “Dele” on the back, and not his surname.

Dele has a complicated relationship with his birth parents, who gave him up at 13 to keep him out of trouble and away from gangs. Dele now refers to the family that took him in as his adopted parents.

We don’t know yet whether he prefers to be called “Dele” in all club communications or not, so we’ll go on referring to him as Dele Alli in articles for now until we receive further clarity.

Other revelations from Tottenham’s kit numbers include first team numbers for (as expected) Marcus Edwards, Tom Glover, Anton Walkes, Will Miller, and Shayon Harrison. Perhaps surprisingly, Luke Amos and young keeper Alfie Whiteman also got first team numbers, which is neat.

There are also numbers (at least for now) for Clinton N’Jie, DeAndre Yedlin, and Nabil Bentaleb. Bentaleb however has lost his #6 number from last season and has returned to #42, which he wore when he first broke through into the first team. Victor Wanyama got DeAndre Yedlin’s #12 shirt, and Yedlin has switched to #32, which he wore in preseason.

As always, it’s now safe for you to purchase a Spurs kit with a name and number on the back of it. If you see a 2016-17 kit with the name “Alli” on the back, be sure to point and snicker behind your hand.

UPDATE: The club has announced that any fans who bought a “Alli 20” shirt can send them in and Dele will sign them and send them back. Classy move!

Here’s the full list of Tottenham Hotspur confirmed kit numbers.

Number Player
1 Hugo Lloris
2 Kyle Walker
3 Danny Rose
4 Toby Alderweireld
5 Jan Vertonghen
7 Son Heung-Min
8 Ryan Mason
9 Vincent Janssen
10 Harry Kane
11 Erik Lamela
12 Victor Wanyama
13 Michel Vorm
14 Clinton N'Jie
15 Eric Dier
16 Kieran Trippier
19 Mousa Dembele
20 Dele
22 Nacer Chadli
23 Christian Eriksen
25 Josh Onomah
27 Kevin Wimmer
28 Tom Carroll
29 Harry Winks
31 Luke McGee
32 DeAndre Yedlin
33 Ben Davies
37 Kyle Walker-Peters
38 Cameron Carter-Vickers
39 Shayon Harrison
40 Tom Glover
41 Alfie Whiteman
42 Nabil Bentaleb
45 Anton Walkes
46 Luke Amos
47 Will Miller
48 Marcus Edwards