The former MK Dons star netted against Brentford on his first appearance for his new club
The match on Wednesday was the first time Alli had taken part in a game in Spurs colours, even though it was a behind-closed doors affair as part of pre-season training, and the England Under-19 star admitted that it was a relief to open his account so early in his Tottenham career, as well as ensure Spurs made their friendly record this summer three wins out of three.
Alli came on in the second half, and won and converted a penalty to cap an impressive first game for the club.
“I know it’s pre-season but it’s always good for the confidence to be winning games,” he told the Spurs website.
“It’s also a huge weight off my shoulders to get that first goal because sometimes you can get into a run of form where you just can’t find a goal, so I’m happy to pick up where I left off last season.”
Admitting that the visitors put in a good performance that tested Tottenham's ability to break sides down, Alli added: “Teams aren’t going to come here and lay down for us, they have a point to prove and they are preparing for their season as well, so they will work as hard as they can and make it difficult for us. Brentford did just that.”
There had been questions about the 19-year-old's whereabouts in the recent friendly matches the club had played, with games last weekend against Reading and Peterborough failing to see the youngster's appearance in Mauricio Pochettino's plans.
But Alli proved he's very much present in the Argentine's thoughts with what turned out to be a match winning strike against the Bees, after Shaq Coulthirst had earlier put the side 1-0 up with his own penalty. Jermaine Udumaga netted a late consolation for the visitors, meaning it was Alli's goal that won the game for Tottenham.