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Tottenham ace Dele Alli wins Young Player award

Tottenham Hotspur young gun Dele Alli has been named the PFA Young Player of the Year for 2016/17.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been recognised for his brilliant season with Spurs which has seen him beat teammate Harry Kane as well as Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Burnley defender Michael Keane, Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Manchester City winger Leroy Sane to the individual award.

After being presented with the prize at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening, former MK Dons ace Alli said: "I'm extremely proud.

"It's a great honour for me - obviously the second year in a row - but I've still got a lot to do, I've got to keep working hard. I've got to keep improving.

"The big thing for me, after last season, is I wanted to put my chances away more. I got a lot of chances last season that I wasn't putting away. I wasn't as clinical.

"I've still got to improve on that, still had a few chances that I've missed, so I'll keep working on that. But there's a lot of little bits that need improving."

It was the second season in a row Alli has claimed the award following his win in 2015/16.

Alli's win has seen Spurs take out five of the past six young player awards following Kyle Walker (2012), Gareth Bale (2013), Kane (2015) and himself twice.

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