Dele Alli Reveals What Part of His Game He's Most Keen to Improve After Second Straight PFA Award

Jamie Spencer
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​ Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli described himself as "extremely proud" to be recognised as PFA Young Player of the Year for the second season running on Sunday night, but still insists he's got plenty he must improve on, while also praising the impact of Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs.


"It's a great honour for me the second year in a row, but I think I've still got a lot to do and keep working hard. It's a huge honour but I've just got to keep improving," he told the PFA after receiving his prestigious prize at the annual PFA ceremony.

Alli has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season, but he's still striving to be better when it comes to converting chances in front of goal.

"The big thing for me after last season is putting more of my chances away," he explained.

"I think I got a lot of chances last season that I wasn't putting away and I wasn't as clinical. I think I've still got to improve on that, I've still had a few chances that I've missed so I'll keep working on that, but there's obviously a lot of little bits that also still need improving."

It goes to show the kind of work ethic that has been instilled in him, and it is clear to see why when one considers the way he talks about his manager at White Hart Lane.

"He's an unbelievable manager and person," the 21-year-old said of Pochettino.

"He doesn't just focus on what's happening on the pitch, he works on [what happens] off the pitch as well to make sure each player has got the right attitude and they're there for the right reasons and they want that they want to fight for the club.

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"I think you can see that with every player, that they're all there and we all want to fight for each other and for the manager."

Spurs may have failed on Saturday to break a run of six consecutive semi-final defeats to reach the FA Cup final for the first time since 1991, but they still retain the slimmest of hopes that any further wobble from Chelsea could yet open the door in the Premier League title race.

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