Dele Alli is taking it upon himself to reach out and speak to the younger players at Tottenham as they navigate their way through the coronavirus lockdown, the midfielder has revealed.
While the country continues to attempt to flatten to coronavirus curve and save lives, strict social distancing measures have been implemented which has seen many confined to their homes.
The Spurs midfielder has admitted that staying indoors is quite difficult to adapt to for someone who has trained outdoors throughout his life.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Alli said: “It’s been difficult. This is the longest I’ve had off from the training ground and not training. I wouldn’t say it’s been a good break because it was unexpected.
“I’ve been missing playing, so I’m just trying to find ways to keep myself entertained and fit.”
The midfielder turned 24 last week and had to celebrate his birthday in isolation. He revealed that connecting and training together with his Spurs teammates over Zoom has been a welcome distraction over this lockdown period.
“Being stuck at home on your birthday isn’t the most ideal thing, but I made as much fun of it as I could,”, he said.
“It was a little bit of fun, I tried to keep it light-hearted!
“We’ve been doing a zoom session every morning at 11 o’clock, which is good because it keeps us in a routine. You have to get up early, eat well and do those sessions, which have been tough but also good as you get to see the boys every day.
“It’s the whole team [on the call] and the support staff who take the session and everyone follows on the treadmill or using the gym equipment the club sent to our houses.”
Finally, the England international also revealed that he was in regular communication with the youngsters at the club to make sure they are okay and to help them through this crisis.
The midfielder added: “No one has been in this situation before, it’s tough for everyone to deal with, everyone is in the same boat. I think it is great that people are using social media and different platforms to find ways to try and help any way they can.
“Whether it be entertaining people or helping people try and staff healthy with different workout routines, in this situation it’s important to keep your health up and keep on a good track.
“As a more experienced player, I’ve been speaking to the younger lads and just making sure they are alright. Even for myself, speaking to other people and trying to make sure I’m not in my little bubble here and that I reach out and communicate with other people.”
Spurs Web Opinion
There is this perception of Dele that he is a flashy and arrogant which probably comes from the way he conducts himself on the pitch. However, off the pitch, he comes across as a level-headed and mature guy, especially for someone who is just 24 years of age. I see him as future captain material.
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