Dele Alli is world's best 21-year-old, says Mauricio Pochettino
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 18, 2018,
Mar 18, 2018, 1:19
He does not simply want to be fortunate - one of his major issues with the FA Cup and League Cup.
Alli was taken off late on in the win over Bournemouth with a thigh problem and Pochettino was uncertain whether the player would feature in their FA Cup quarter-final against Swansea on Saturday.
However, Pochettino has repeatedly stated that his priorities are the Premier League and Champions League, arguing that it would not transform the club if Spurs won one of the lesser competitions. Given the importance of their league campaign, they will want to avoid another fixture if possible. "They will be so motivated and it will be a tough game". Well, we always want more but from the day that he makes his debut for us, he is one of the best in the world. However, there is one criticism that is often thrown at him and that he hasn't won a major honour. When their time comes to win trophies the club and fans will be rewarded for their commitment to the cause. They have become mainstays of the top four and winning the FA Cup will take them to the next level. Jurgen Klopp has few options other than his forward line of three, though when Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are as effective as they are, against all types of defences, then only a major injury crisis would prompt a re-think.
Angel Rangel, Leroy Fer, Renato Sanches, Leon Britton and Wilfried Bony are all ruled out of the historic encounter on Saturday.
Early last month he was booked for simulation against Liverpool, and Twitter blew up with Dele Alli diving gifs and memes. Toby Alderweireld continues his recovery and he will be assessed ahead of the trip to Wales, but a start is unlikely.
Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur kick off a huge weekend of live football on talkSPORT. He finds this point to change the dynamic of the team. Ki completed eight ball recoveries and made three clearances as he helped his side to an unlikely draw. There have been times this season when his form has been erratic, however.
"This is probably a more important game for Pochettino than it would have been following Tottenham's exit from the Champions League and I would expect him to go with a strong line-up, especially as we are heading into an worldwide break", Lawrenson told BBC Sport. Of course he is a fantastic striker - I like him a lot - but the big teams can replace good players with good players. It is not: 'Oh I am going to create a winning mentality and culture.
"Look what happened with us at Rochdale or Newport". They have nonetheless lost five of their last nine matches in all competitions. There is less likely to be the rotation from Pochettino as he can now focus on the FA Cup after being knocked out of the Champions League.
"We are calm and relaxed because we have enough quality to play and win games", he said. The Lilywhite's will be out to finally get their hands on the famous trophy.