By Dominic Toner

Tottenham ace Dele Alli has revealed that he wants to work on the defensive side of his game to improve as a player.

The 20-year-old has emerged as a crucial first-team player for Spurs this season and admits he has thrived in a more advanced role.

He has proved his qualities in front of goal this campaign by scoring a sensational 17 goals in just 39 appearances, while also chipping in with eight assists.

Alli admitted he now wants to develop his all-round play in the future after improving his attacking movement.

“At the start of the season I wanted to add more goals to my game and playing a little bit higher up has allowed me to do that,” Alli said, as quoted by ITV Sport. “And now I need to work on my defending and my all-round play as well.”

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Alli has become integral to Mauricio Pochettino’s side since he joined from MK Dons and has slotted into a three-man attacking set-up this campaign.

The England international has helped the north London club up to second in the Premier League table and is expected to have a great future at White Hart Lane.

The youngster has already racked up 85 appearances during his Spurs career and is a firm favourite with supporters.

However, an area he may wish to keep control of is his temperament, something that saw him pick up a red card in Spurs’ Europa League exit this season.

The attacking midfielder plays with a competitive edge to his game and should be able to improve the defensive side of his game with Pochettino demanding a high work-rate from his side.

In other Tottenham news, Tom Huddlestone has revealed what left him disappointed at the club.

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