Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli insists that criticism over his form this season “is just noise”.
Alli has come in for flak for his performances and output this campaign – we named him Tottenham’s most disappointing player of 2017/2018.
The 22-year-old has scored 14 goals and provided 17 assists in all competitions this season, compared to 22 and 13 in the same amount of games last season.
Much of his lessened goal output has been done to a change in tactics and slightly more reserved position, but Alli says that any criticism “is just noise” regardless.
“Everyone has different opinions,” he told FourFourTwo. “If this is a ‘bad season’ for me then I’m happy to take that as a compliment.
“The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself.
“I am my own biggest critic. If you have the right focus, everything else is just noise.
“My focus is on being the best player I can be – when you expect that from yourself no one can expect more from you.
“I’ve worked hard to get this far but there’s always room for improvement.
“I’m sure if you asked Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, the two best players in the world, they would say they can improve on something.
“I want to keep on improving, I’m working with a good manager in Mauricio Pochettino who is hungry to help every player.”