Spurs star claims he ‘used to always win the running tests’ when he first joined club

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham midfielder, Dele Alli, has revealed that he always used to win the running tests held at the club between the first-team players after he initially moved to North London from MK Dons.

Alli arrived at Spurs in the summer of 2015 after spending six months on loan back at MK Dons and made an immediate impact. He became an important cog in Tottenham’s attack as his goals and assists helped the club challenge for the title.

It was not just the midfielder’s creativity on the ball that caught people by surprise but also his athleticism and his running off the ball.

The England star has revealed that he has always been gifted in terms of stamina and that he had no problems running further distances than his teammates when he arrived at Spurs. However, he did admit that the fitness landscape is now changing rapidly.

In an interview about his diet with OTRO, the Spurs star said: “I have always had a good diet. But I have always had a sweet tooth. I was one of them kids that could just eat loads and not put on weight.

“So, whenever it would come to the running, I was always naturally fit, especially at MK Dons, I would always win the running tests.

“Even when I first come to Tottenham, I used to always win them without really worrying about my diet and stuff.

“But now you see how fast the Premier League is moving on. You have to be first to the ball. You have to recover quickly. And there are so many games.”

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I believe a lot of the criticism that Dele has got in the last couple of months has been unfair. Kane’s injury has meant that Dele doesn’t have anybody who can hold the ball up and bring him into play. Without Son’s runs in-behind, Alli hasn’t been as effective in threading balls through the opposition backline. I expect Dele to return to his best once Kane and Son return.

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