Mauricio Pochettino: This Tottenham star can’t be tamed
The Tottenham manager lavishes praise on England international Dele Alli
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli is like a wild horse that can’t be tamed.
The England international has made an impressive start to the 2016-17 Premier League season after a disappointing European championship.
Alli scored the north London side’s second goal in a 2-0 win against Premier League leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane in their last home game.
The 21-year-old managed to score a late equaliser at The Hawthorns last weekend to rescue a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion and maintain Tottenham’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season.
Alli was named the PFA young player of the year in May after the England youngster scored 10 times in his first season in the Premier League following a £5m move from MK Dons in 2015.
Tottenham manager Pochettino explained why he wants Alli to maintain a wild streak despite the midfielder improving his discipline over the summer months.
“He is a big talent but he was a bit wild,” Pochettino is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“Now he is more domesticated. You can’t lose that side – it might make him a special player.”
Alli added: “It is like when you have a wild horse and you need to put it in a box and domesticate it, no?
“It is all a process with the younger lads to be more mature, with more experience, now more focused on playing football.
“He is special, a great guy. We have a very good relationship. He is a very emotional person and we all love him.”
Tottenham played out a goalless draw with Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday night to keep the north London side’s hopes of reaching the knockout phase alive.