With Tottenham Hotspur preparing for a second trip to Merseyside in as many weeks, as we go into Sunday’s battle against Marco Silva’s Everton side at Goodison Park, our gaffer, Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking about the relative form – or lack thereof – of England midfielder Dele Alli.
Alli’s record at the club isn’t in question when it comes to his attacking displays, and he’s been a big topic of conversation for fans and pundits alike in recent times, but with Alli himself talking about playing a different role, and injuries getting in the way, there’s no denying he’s struggled and not hit his previous heights.
With everyone hoping that the 23-year-old can get back to his attacking best and get himself out of the lull he’s slipped into (and he’s far from alone in that), Pochettino told Sky Sports recently that he was confident Alli would work hard to rediscover his form – but he also felt some in the game needed to give him a break given the criticism.
“We need to remember that Dele is still so young and the demand and pressure is massive for him. Everyone expects big things – he’s English, he’s an international but is still 23 years old. He was fantastic and of course he’s dropped a little bit in performance but we need to help and back him. He needs to pay attention and be focused to try to improve and be strong again and perform in the way everyone expects.”
Sunday would be the perfect day for Alli to remind everyone what he’s capable of.