Dele Alli says he has still improved his game despite a season in which he has not quite hit the heights for club or country.
According to the Guardian, Alli was keen to point out that his game has improved in other areas aside from his goalscoring and assists.
He said: “It’s been a great season for learning for me. It’s been the first when I’ve had muscle injuries, so that was difficult but I’ve kept working hard.
“I haven’t scored as many goals or got as many assists but other parts of my game, defensively, in possession, not just getting on the end of things and finishing chances, I think I’ve improved on that. So next season, hopefully, it will all come together and I’ll get the goals, assists and keep the other parts of my game in the build up play.”
Alli, who earns £100,000-a-week at Tottenham according to Spotrac, is now going to get criticism as a key player for both England and Tottenham.
In a season in which Spurs have had injury problems, emphasis has fallen on him to produce and he has only done so sporadically.
As Alli eludes to, he is looking to move from being a pure goalscoring midfielder to a more rounded player. At the moment, that has taken away from his output in raw numbers, but it should add more strings to his bow.
It’s good to see him explain his campaign – and both Spurs and England fans will hope he can return to his absolute top level next season.