Eric Dier explains how Dele Alli got back on the scoresheet against Man United

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Dele Alli has taken the Premier League by storm since signing for Tottenham.

The £5 million signing from MK Dons had a few doubters at the start of the season, having only played in League One.

He has quickly put those doubts to bed, however, netting eight Premier League goals and providing nine assists, as well as all but cementing a place in the England squad for Euro 2016.


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Now, his close friend and teammate Eric Dier has revealed what makes the 20-year-old prodigy tick.

Commenting on Alli's goal in the 3-0 win over Manchester United, Dier told Spurs TV: "To be fair he deserves it because yesterday (Saturday) he was out after training practising his finishing.

Alli's incentive  

"I asked him why and he said it was because he'd missed quite a few so he deserves the goal for that."

Dier gave Alli his fair share of grief for missing a sitter for England against Germany, but that may have given him all the more incentive to put it right.

Alli's crisp goal - his first since Spurs' 3-0 win over Norwich in February - brought his side to life after a stagnant opening 70 minutes, before Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela added their own strikes to keep them in contention for the title.

Praise from Premier League legends 

Despite Alli's increased workload in training, he was still one of the most energetic men on the pitch. It is no wonder he has won praise from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Steven Gerrard.

Clearly, he has not only the talent but the work ethic to sustain his form. Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed in the past that he likes to put in an extra shift to give him an advantage over the opposition, and if Alli follows that example, he can only improve even further.

The Spurs midfielder is almost certain to win Young Player of the Year at his club and is a strong contender to reap the award for the entire Premier League.

Tottenham play Stoke next, and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that Alli's extra training sessions can give him the edge to close the gap on Leicester and lever them back into the title race. 

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