Dele 'honoured' to lift PFA award
24 April 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Dele Alli watched Harry Kane lift the PFA Young Player of the Year last April - now he has his hands on one of the most prestigious awards in football.
The young midfielder's incredible season continued as he earned the votes of his fellow professionals to claim the award ahead of Harry, nominated again for both Player and Young Player titles, Everton pair Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, Jack Butland of Stoke and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.
Dele's double in Monday night's win at Stoke took him to 10 for the Premier League campaign - not bad for someone who admits he was only initially targeting 10 starts!
“I’m honoured to win such a prestigious award and I have to say thank-you to all the players who voted for me in Premier League and in the lower leagues as well,” said Dele.
“It’s been a good year for me and I’ve obviously got a lot of people to thank, especially the gaffer for giving me my chance. I’ve always been quite confident in my own ability but maybe I didn’t expect things to happen this quickly. I’ve still got a lot of hard work to do though and hopefully next season will be even better.
Below: Dele spoke to Spurs TV after his PFA nomination about his season so far
“I was at the awards last year as I was in the League One Team of the year and I saw Harry win the Young Player award. It was great to see a player from Tottenham picking up that award.
“I’m still young, I have a lot to learn and it’s important I don’t get too carried away. I’ve got great support around me to keep my feet on the floor and that’s great for me.”