Pochettino has been cooing over Dele Alli’s performance last night.
“For me, Dele Alli is a top player. He is a key player for us. I think he helped us by scoring today,” Pochettino said.
“I am so happy with him. It’s true that everyone can do better but I am happy. It is a period that he needs to find his balance but I am so happy, his performance was good. He tried and scored and that is fantastic.”
Man management at it’s finest.
Dele Alli’s path to redemption will be a tad more complicated than Barnsley taking an hour to die of boredom.
It’s not Dele’s fault we were playing a side that are floundering at the foot of the Championship, however if this is (and I’m convince it is) his rubber stamp into the starting Xi against West Ham then he really must ensure he earns his keep in future.
It’s a hackneyed phrase, but there’s a good player inside Alli and so far we’ve only seen a glimpse of it.