DELE ALLI expressed his delight after being named the Premier League Player of the Month for the first time in his career.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder received the award for January last week following a terrific run of form which saw him score five times during the month – including both goals in Spurs’ impressive triumph against table-topping Chelsea.
And Alli believes that the prize is a great reward for the fine form shown by the entire team during January.
“It’s great to win the award,” he said. “You see who wins it and some of the great players who have won it in the past.
“The team did really well during the month, not just me individually. We’ve had a lot of players who have been in form, so it’s a real honour for me to win it.
“There’s no hiding how big the Chelsea game was, not only for us but the fans as well. A lot went into that game, especially after what happened last season. We wanted to prove a point and prove that we are a good team. That result gave the team and the fans a lot of confidence.
“I think all of the goals I got in January were headers pretty much. The Chelsea game was a great one to score in, but it was even more important to get the win. It was a great feeling.”
Alli’s fine run in January came after a barren spell in front of goal, and the England international is relieved that he managed to get back on the scoresheet on a regular basis.
“I was grateful to finally start getting some goals,” he added. “I was getting frustrated as I was getting into the right positions to get goals and assists but it just wasn’t happening, and then it seemed to just click overnight and I started putting them away.
“Obviously I was working on my finishing, because when you go a few games without a goal you can start to lose confidence in your finishing and you start wondering why it’s not working out.
“I just kept on working hard in training on my finishing and thankfully the goals started coming again.”
Dele Alli was speaking to EASPORTS.com at the presentation of the EA SPORTS Player Of The Month Award. To read the full interview, go to https://www.easports.com/uk/fifa/news/2017/epl-player-of-the-month-january