By Coral Barry
Dele Alli has praised his “world class” teammate Christian Eriksen and says it is a “privilege” to learn from the midfielder.
Eriksen enjoyed a fine season for Tottenham with a remarkable 15 assists in 35 Premier League appearances, but was somewhat overshadowed by the contributions of Harry Kane and new boy Alli.
Kane smashed in 25 goals to win the golden boot, while Alli had a stunning debut campaign in the top flight after moving from League Two side MK Dons.
However, Alli believes his Danish midfield partner has been an inspiration since he arrived at White Hart Lane, with Eriksen demonstrating that much of the performance on matchday is down to hard work in training the previous week.
“Christian is a great player – there’s no hiding the fact that he’s world class and he’s a joy to play with,” said Alli speaking to Tottenham’s website.
“He’s one of the players that you enjoy working with every day in training. You get to watch him and see how hard he works on the training field and when you do that, it’s no surprise when he produces on matchdays the way he does.
“As a young player, to be able to watch someone like Eriksen, who is obviously young as well, for me it’s a great privilege.”
Alli is currently away with England as they prepare for their European Championships campaign in the summer, while Eriksen will be watching his Tottenham teammates from home after Denmark lost out to Sweden in their qualifying play-off last year.
Eriksen has linked up with his national side for their upcoming friendly with Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 3.