Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino has showered encomiums on Dele Alli and tagged him as the best young player in the world as he rejigs his side to cope with the absence of the injured Harry Kane.
Alli ended a 15-game goal drought when he scored in the 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday and has been given a glowing endorsement by his boss.
Pochettino said there is no other player in the world at Alli’s age who an match his achievements, despite the rival claims of the likes of Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Marcus Rashford.
“When you compare him, Dele Alli, 21 years old, with all the players in the world, not only in Europe, in the world, I think he is the best,” the Argentine said.
“In his age, in his form, assists and everything. But, and I don’t understand why, there is still that feeling (to criticise him). For me, Dele Alli, for his age, is the best. That’s it.
“Tell me one better than him, a 21-year-old, all that he achieves. Tell me one, a current player. Maybe you can find similar or better than him?” However, Alli’s displays have come under scrutiny from fans and the media, Pochettino said his opinion is the one that matters most “I promise you, I am the most critical person with my players,” said
the Spurs boss. “But it is difficult to criticise Dele.
“The most important for him is us, if we criticise him. If we are not happy with him that is what is important for him and we never criticise him.”
On whether Alli will feature in the club’s weekend tie, Pochettino said, “He played a lot of games, international games,” He added, “Now, we will see for Saturday because in the end, he’s going to play for the national team, and they are not machines.” Kane has suffered lateral ligament damage in his right ankle and is expected to return to training next month.
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