Chelsea legend: Why I’m happy for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Former Chelsea midfielder Pat Nevin runs rule over Tottenham Hotspur's improvement this season

Pat Nevin says he is really happy for Mauricio Pochettino after claiming that Spurs have turned a corner this season.

Pochettino’s side secured a 1-1 draw with second-placed Arsenal in Sunday’s north London derby at Emirates Stadium.

Tottenham are unbeaten in 11 Premier League games following a 1-0 defeat by Manchester United on the opening day of the season.

Dele Alli has emerged as a key player for Spurs in recent months after being handed a chance to impress in the absence of Ryan Mason.

Former Blues midfielder Nevin believes Pochettino can afford to be less reliant on Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen thanks to Alli’s emergence.

“I’m really happy for Pochettino,” Nevin told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.

“It has been really tough for them. He’s been living on a couple of players. There is so much pressure on him that if he didn’t have Eriksen or Kane, it wasn’t going to happen for him. He has little bits coming through, like Alli adding to it.

“If you’ve got Kane up front, you need three behind him. It isn’t happening for Lamela or Dembele enough. Alli is one of them.”

Tottenham are in fifth place in the Premier League table and five points behind leaders Manchester City.

Spurs host West Ham United in their next top-flight game at White Hart Lane on 22 November.

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