By Wayne Veysey

28th Mar, 2017 | 6:07am

How this change in Tottenham tactics has made me even more effective - Dele Alli

By Harry Sykes

Dele Alli has credited a change in Tottenham’s tactics to his growing effectiveness in the opposition third.

The Spurs playmaker has been used in a more forward role playing just off Harry Kane this season and has responded with a glut of goals and assists.

Alli has scored 17 goals and supplied eight assists in 39 appearances in all competitions, including 14 goals from 27 league encounters.

Those are the statistics of a top-level striker, which has given great pleasure to the 20-year-old and exceeds even the targets he set himself at the start of the season.

Alli explained that the credit must go to manager Mauricio Pochettino for devising a system that plays to his attacking strengths.

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“I wanted to add goals into my game and the formation, the way we play at Tottenham this season, has allowed me to be higher up the pitch and get goals and assists,” Alli told the Mail. “Hopefully I can help the team and chip in with some more goals.

“I set myself a target of 15 at the start of the season. I’ve got 17 now, 14 in the league, so I’m definitely going to try to get to 20.”

Alli started both England matches during the international break and has become a hugely influential player for club and country over the last 12 months.

He is expected to be in the Tottenham line-up this weekend when they return to Premier League action with a trip to Burnley.

Spurs are second in the league and well placed to secure a second consecutive top-four finish.

In other Tottenham news, a proven Premier League performer has revealed how the deal was done for him to move to White Hart Lane until a last-minute change.

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