When Deli Alli scored yesterday, gone were the complex dance moves and mesmerising finger tricks, instead, the boy reacted as if if he’d only recently signed for Spurs after spending a happy decade playing for the Clarets.
To say his celebration was understated barely describes it. Nobody would have known the Spurs midfielder had just netted his 30th goal for the club.
The truth is that at half time, Pochettino went nuclear and the centre of the blast was Dele Alli.
I’ve not given Alli an easy ride and for good reason. His typical performance is a cynical affair, where he does the absolute minimum he can get away with. He very successfully distracts from this by scoring important goals. However his work rate is frequently abysmal and the suggestion that he’s a team player is laughable.
There would have been programme sellers who worked harder than Dele did for the first half hour of yesterday’s game.
Gladys was in touch before the final whistle blew to lift the lid on the muted celebration.
Pochettino and his staff could not believe what they’d seen and demanded to know what the f___ was going on?
Alli was taken to one side and very directly had the fear of god put into him.
All the big boy routine, the BT Sport adverts, the back page rumours that he was worth £150million,all the supermodel girlfriend garbage evaporated as each syllable hit home.
Dele had his swagger surgically removed by Mauricio.
The goal celebration was therefore on par with man paying the mob what he owed them. Alli was relieved that he managed to do something useful and had so lessened the chances of him receiving more Argentinian ire come full time.
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