Dele Alli has acknowledged he could have scored more goals this season but believes his game has improved in other areas.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder scored seven goals and provided eight assists in 38 games across all competitions.
His season was broken up by a number of recurring muscle injuries, and his form suffered for it at times.
But Alli contributed in plenty of big matches, providing two assists in the memorable 3-2 comeback against Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals.
Speaking after England’s Nations League third place play-off victory over Switzerland, the 23-year-old have an honest assessment of his season.
“It’s been a great season for learning for me,” Alli said (via the Guardian). “It’s been the first when I’ve had muscle injuries, so that was difficult but I’ve kept working hard.
“I haven’t scored as many goals or got as many assists but other parts of my game, defensively, in possession, not just getting on the end of things and finishing chances, I think I’ve improved on that. So next season, hopefully, it will all come together and I’ll get the goals, assists and keep the other parts of my game in the build up play.”
It’s difficult to judge Alli’s campaign as a whole because of the numerous injuries he was forced to deal with.
The former MK Dons star played some of his best and worst football in a Spurs shirt, improving his maturity on the ball while also failing to score enough goals.
Spurs fans will be hoping he can stay fit and develop into an even more well-rounded player next term.
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