By Derek Smithson

Tottenham ace Dele Alli has explained that he had to adjust his style mid-way through last season as opponents were figuring him out.

The 21-year-old continued his meteoric rise last year and was awarded with his second consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Spurs’ talented youngster is fast becoming one of the best upcoming talents in Europe and will hope to play a major role for his national team England too going forward.

Alli is recognised as a central midfielder by trade, but played in a more advanced role for much of last season.

He has explained why he struggled at the beginning of the campaign before ending the season in great form.

“The start of the season was quite slow, after winning [PFA] Young Player of the Year the season before, “ Alli told the Independent. “I think opponents started to recognise me a bit more, so I had to change my game a little bit. But as a team we finished the season really strongly.”

Alli was an ever-present in Mauricio Pochettino’s side last term and made 47 appearances across all competitions.

He scored 21 goals and supplied 11 assists in that time, making him one of the most influential players in English football.

The playmaker is part of a strong English core at the heart of Spurs set-up and is being tipped for a bright future in the game.

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