Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli says the players “don’t get caught up in what’s going on” around the club after Spurs did not make any signings during the summer transfer window.
Plenty of headlines have been made about the club after they became the first Premier League side since 2003 not to make a signing during the summer transfer window, but the player insists that his focus is on matters on the pitch, rather than the rumour mill.
Dele only returned to training last Monday following his World Cup exploits and ended up as Tottenham’s match-winner after he nodded in a superb cross from Serge Aurier to give Mauricio Pochettino’s side a hard-earned 2-1 opening day win at Newcastle United.
He gets a lot of criticism when his game is off the mark, but when you consider that he has 64 Premier League goals and assists by the age of 22 and the second nearest player is Frank Lampard on 33, it just proves what impact the £5million man has had at the club.
He told the Daily Mail: ‘We’re happy that we know how we want to play, that philosophy. We like playing together, we enjoy it, so we’ll just focus on what we have to do on the pitch,’ he said.
‘We don’t get caught up in what’s going on around. Everyone is dedicated to Tottenham, everyone wants to help the team. All we can do is keep working, keep improving.’
While Tottenham have been branded as ‘nearly men’ in the past few seasons, due to coming close to winning silverware, Dele is now ready to change this:’Every season since I’ve been here I feel as though we’ve improved, but we want to start winning things,’ he added. ‘We keep coming close, but now we’ve got to start winning trophies.’
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