Tottenham’s Dele Alli admits need to sharpen up in front of goal

• ‘I’ve got to start being more clinical’ says Spurs and England midfielder
• Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to cut out costly misses

Dele Alli has accepted that he must develop a more ruthless edge in front of goal if he is to take his game to the next level. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has come a long way since the beginning of last season, establishing himself as a key player at club level and also with England.

Alli, 20, is enjoying his debut campaign in the Champions League this season yet he was beating himself up after the 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night for missing a gilt-edged headed chance. The midfielder burst into the area to get on to Kieran Trippier’s cross in the first half and, when he timed his leap, he had put himself in the position to score, but the effort flew off target.

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