Pundit believes Pochettino ‘would try’ to poach Spurs star when he returns to management

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Dom Le Roy

Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips believes that Mauricio Pochettino could try and take Dele Alli to his next club after claiming that the Argentine will believe he can get the midfielder performing at his best.

Alli arrived at Spurs a year after Pochettino was appointed and the midfielder hit the ground running at North London, quickly establishing himself as one of the brightest young talents in English football.

However, he has struggled for consistency over the past year or two, while injuries certainly have not helped the Spurs midfielder’s cause.

He now seems to have fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho and has been backed to find an exit route from Spurs when the transfer window reopens in January (Telegraph).

Pochettino showered praised on the 24-year-old during his recent appearance on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, comparing his charisma and the passion he inspires in youngsters to that of Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho (Sky’s MNF as relayed by Football.London).

While Phillips felt those comparisons are quite far-fetched, he believed the former Tottenham boss could be the man to help the England international get his career back on track.

The pundit told Football Insider: “You would have thought he (Pochettino) would try and sign Dele.

“From what I have seen of him I would certainly not compare him to those players. I will not argue with Pochettino because he has worked with Dele day in, day out for a number of years.

“But for me, he has not done it consistently enough for Tottenham. Things are not quite happening for him at Spurs right now and if he is to move on you would have to say that wherever Pochettino goes he would look to sign Dele Alli.

“There is a fantastic player in there but not in the mould of the two players that he mentioned.”

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