English Premiership

Pochettino tips Alli as a future leader

2017-02-10 13:34
Dele Alli (Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes midfielder Dele Alli has all the characteristics to become a leader for the Lilywhites in the future.

Alli is considered one of the first names on the team-sheet by Spurs, despite the fact the he is just 20-years-old and has only been at the club for a year and a half.

However, his status at Spurs is well-deserved as he has bagged 11 Premier League goals from midfield this season already, to go along with the 10 goals and nine assists he provided last term.

While Pochettino admits it's important to have experienced players in the squad, such as captain Hugo Lloris, to guide the younger players, he believes Alli isn't far off becoming a leader in the squad himself.

"Of course it is important we have Hugo Lloris, the captain of France, he is an experienced player and can maybe give better advice than younger players," he said ahead of the crucial league clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

"But then we have Dele Alli, with his personality and character, maybe he can become a leader in a few years. Every player in the squad has leadership qualities, they just need time to develop the qualities.

"It's important to have good character and always work to win, not just to say 'I want to win' - it is to show you want it with your behaviour, attitude, enthusiasm, your own motivation."

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