Eric Dier has revealed how Dele Alli has been staying late at training for extra shooting practice after his team-mate scored in Tottenham’s win over Manchester United on Sunday.
Alli’s crisp finish in the second half opened the floodgates at White Hart Lane as Spurs hit three in six minutes to stun the Red Devils and keep their Premier League title hopes alive.
It was Alli’s eighth goal of the season, nine including his debut strike for England last November, but the midfielder has been less prolific in recent weeks, having not scored since February before Sunday’s opener.
Alli, however, who turned 20 on Monday, has been praised by Mauricio Pochettino for his dedication this season and showed maturity again on Saturday by taking extra practice in front of goal.
“It was important I put that one away today as I’ve missed a few chances in recent games and training as Eric will tell you,” Alli told Spurs TV as he was standing next to Dier.
Dier then added: “To be fair he deserves it because yesterday he was out after training practising his finishing.
“I asked him why and he said it was because he’d missed quite a few so he deserves the goal for that. He did alright.”