Tottenham will need Dele Alli in order for them to be successful

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli (left) and MK Dons' Warren O'Hora during the pre-season friendly match

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli (left) and MK Dons' Warren O'Hora during the pre-season friendly match at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes. Picture date: Wednesday July 28, 2021. - Credit: PA

Tottenham Hotspur will need the Dele Alli of old to return in order to help them be successful this season. 

So much uncertainty still surrounds Spurs with plenty of departures but hardly any incomings as of yet under newly-appointed manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

The main talking point is still whether striker Harry Kane stays or get his wishes with a move to a new club. 

Bryan Gill and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini will offer new options among the Spurs squad which has seen the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Juan Foyth, Joe Hart, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela, Paulo Gazzaniga depart with Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius’ loan spells coming to an end. 

With that and the potential of Kane leaving, the pressure with be on the likes of Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Dele Alli to produce. 


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Alli, 25, has made a total of 249 appearances for Spurs, scoring 65 goals in that time, and he has twice won PFA Young Footballer of the Year and Goal of the Season in 2015/16.  

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli during the pre-season friendly match at the JobServe Community Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli during the pre-season friendly match at the JobServe Community Stadium, Colchester. Picture date: Wednesday July 21, 2021. - Credit: PA

Last season he made 29 appearances across the board, but only started seven times in the Premier League. He still managed four goals in the Europa League and his overhead kick against Wolfsberger AC made it into UEFA’s top 10 vote for the season. 

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So, where does Dele see himself going into 2021/22?

“The main thing for me is to build up consistency and to hit the targets that I’ve set for myself with the way I play and the players we have here," he said.

“I set my ambitions high, and they always will be. I’ve got numbers I want to hit this season and that’s what I plan to do. I feel I’m in a good position, physically I’m feeling good, and I’ve learned a lot over the last few years, that’s the main thing. 

“Football is never easy, it’s never a straight path and there will always be ups and downs. I’ve had a few downs, but I’ve also had a lot of ups and I’m in a position now to use all the different experiences I’ve had to move forward and kick on.  

“I don’t want to set my standards at, ‘I scored 18 goals and therefore had a good season’, my target is always more than that. I always want to get better, achieve more and that’s what I plan to do.” 

Spurs are expected to make more additions prior to the new season and the end of the transfer window.

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