By Dominic Toner
Rio Ferdinand believes that Tottenham ace Dele Alli is benefitting from playing in a more attacking role this season.
The 20-year-old has thrived in the 3-4-3 formation that Mauricio Pochetinno has switched to this season.
He has played in a frontline alongside teammates Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane, which has helped him become very productive in front of goal.
Alli has played in 39 appearances so far this campaign, scoring 17 goals and supplying eights assists, compared to a total of 10 goals and 11 assists during the whole of last season.
The playmaker has been with England during the international break and helped his side beat Lithuania 2-0 on Sunday.
Ex-England international Ferdinand was full of praise for Alli and feels he has improved courtesy of Spurs’ tactical adjustment.
“Dele Alli can link, create chances and get goals — his scoring rate has jumped since Spurs went to a back three,” Ferdinand wrote in the Times.
Alli will now link back up with his club side and try to help the club seal their place in the top four of the Champions League, while they also have a FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea ahead of them.
The attacking midfielder has become an integral part of Pochettino’s side and enjoyed a meteoric rise since his arrival from MK Dons.
He has managed to help ease the burden on star striker Harry Kane for goals, while Christian Eriksen has also been handy in front of goal.
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