Dele Alli is already on course for the Premier League title, PFA Young Player of the Year Award and a place in England’s squad for Euro 2016, but now he has another accolade to his name.
Because, in missing the most gilt-edged of chances against Stoke, the Tottenham midfielder joined a select group of players made famous for their misses.
Everyone has bad days at the office, but when you’re a Premier League footballer those bad days tend to end up on a permanent YouTube loop. Or worse still a bloopers DVD compilation fronted by Robbie Savage.
Alli has a bright future though so, in the spirit of forgiveness, we’re counting down some of the most epic misses involving some familiar Premier League stars from the present and past.
Jesus Navas – Manchester City
Those who claim Navas is all pace and no end product need look no further for the perfect example of the Spaniard doing what he does best: running a lot before cocking things up at the end.
Mario Balotelli – Liverpool
The Italian’s spell with Liverpool was so miserable, he couldn’t even manage a goal against a QPR team featuring a defensive pairing of Clint Hill and Richard Dunne.
Danny Simpson – Leicester City
Proof that even Premier League champions elect can sometimes have off days, the Foxes full-back was less Danny Simpson and more Homer Simpson here. D’Oh indeed.
Freddie Ljungberg – Arsenal
Arsenal had a miserable time against Sam Allardyce’s bruising Bolton side, with this Ljungberg miss sticking in the memory. Even Kevin Davies would have buried that.
When he’s not busy smoking shisha or celebrating relegation in style, Agbonlahor has developed a fine sideline in epic misses. It’s been six years since he hit double figures for goals. Big shock.
Emile Heskey – Aston Villa
Aston Villa have endured a miserable few years in the Premier League, but the period when Heskey led the line for the Claret and Blue probably still ranks higher than their current plight. Probably.
Dirk Kuyt – Liverpool
Kuyt arrived at Anfield with dreams of winning silverware, having seen Liverpool just lift the Champions League trophy. He left with a League Cup winners medal and this miss to his name.
Fernando Torres – Chelsea
The moment Chelsea fans realised Torres’ £50 million move wasn’t going to work out. Liverpool fans still need to remember that they bought Andy Carroll with £30 million of that fee.
Steve Stone – Nottingham Forest
Stone was part of the England squad that reached the semi-finals of Euro ’96 but, by the time the next World Cup came along, he was strangely absent. This miss may have something to do with that.
Nwankwo Kanu – West Brom
His groin, his stomach, his knee, maybe even his face. These are just some of the body parts Kanu could have used to score here. Instead, he went with his foot and the rest, as they say, is history.
Ronny Rosenthal – Liverpool
Rosenthal was an Israel international with solid spells at Liverpool and later Tottenham to his name. However, he is famous for one thing and one thing only: the mother of all misses. Oh Ronny…
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.