The Italian recently heaped praise on his abilities with ball at feet, and he has taken the recent open criticism of what his boss perceives as a selfish element to his game with good grace.
"The manager here has expectations on the striker, because that is the finishing area of the pitch," he told the Swindon Town Advertiser.
"He says I have a certain amount of ability, but he is not satisfied just with that and he wants the rest of it as well.
"It is good because he has high expectations of me, and he has told me that I have good talent, but now I have to match that ability with work rate and desire, and all the other things.
"At Tottenham they are more interested in my personal development as they are my home club, so I have played in all sorts of positions such as central midfielder striker and number 10.
The 20-year old has won many admirers at Swindon but knows not to think he can walk into Di Canio's starting XI: "If I am called to play here I will be ready."