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Eric Dier has revealed that most people do not realise just how hard Dele Alli works off the ball after the 25-year-old returned to the Tottenham team this week.
Alli made only his third Premier League start of the season on Sunday in Spurs’ 4-0 victory against Sheffield United.
Speaking after the game, Dier said: “I thought he (Alli) played really well. From the inside I can tell you he’s been working really hard and trained really well, and against Sheffield United he put that on the pitch.
“Everyone knows his qualities, but I think he also has a lot of qualities which go unnoticed. The amount of second balls he wins, the amount he runs for the team and presses.
“He’s always attached to the game, it’s like he’s on a string to the ball. He is always attached to the game in every moment and that’s a great quality to have.”
Alli was also showing off a new look with a longer hairstyle and Dier admitted: “It’s been in the pipeline for a while. He came out with it last week and I think he looks good.”