Alli has Spurs' boss guessing on what's next

Sports | 21 Mar 2017

Young midfielder Dele Alli continues to surprise Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Alli, who enjoyed a stunning first season in the Premier League last year, took his goal tally in all competitions this season to 17 when he rolled home a penalty in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Southampton, which maintained Spurs' distant chase of leaders Chelsea.

Fourteen of those goals have come in the league - four more than last season.

Alli, 20, did not enjoy his best game against Southampton but proved again he has the knack of popping up in dangerous areas. Pochettino knows that eye for an opening will be vital in the coming weeks while top scorer Harry Kane nurses an ankle injury.

Alli "has an unbelievable personality and everything's possible," said Pochettino after a 10th successive league win at home. "It's difficult to sum him up. In the box he looks like a striker because he's very smart and outside the box he plays like a midfielder."

Alli's penalty, awarded for a foul on him by Steven Davis, doubled Tottenham's lead after Christian Eriksen fired his side ahead.

Kane, who has 19 league goals this season but faces several weeks out, was hardly missed in the first half, particularly as South Korea's Son Heung Min slotted in seamlessly to a sole striker's role in Spurs' 3-5-2-1 formation.


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