Pochettino defends Alli

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According to FourFourTwo Mauricio Pochettino has come to the defence of Dele Alli in the wake of criticism of the midfielder’s performances.

Dele’s form has dipped markedly in recent weeks, which in turn is coinciding with a poor run of results for the team. The article adds that Alli has only scored one Premier League goal since August and struggled to make an impact in recent defeats to Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City, as well as the draw with West Brom.

The article kicks us further by adding that we have dropped to seventh in the table as a result of our run, which has of course prompted particular scrutiny on the performances of Alli, however Mauricio Pochettino was quick to point out that critics must not forget that he is only 21.

“I’m so happy with him,” Pochettino said when asked about the midfielder. “Your question is like ‘Oh, Dele Alli is not performing like in the last few years’, but his first few years were the last few seasons, he’s so young.

Pochettino added “He needs to find his balance. But I am happy with him. It’s normal we always expect from him, because he’s a very talented player, to score in every game and make unbelievable things. It’s normal sometimes the players are up and down.

“The experienced players struggle during [for] 10 months to keep their performance. With Dele, he’s young, it’s normal sometimes to be up and down. I am happy with him.”

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