“We are not worried about the hype. For the whole season he has managed the pressure. Dele is very calm, very mature. He has dealt with everything that comes with becoming a senior player and playing for the national team.
“There is always a question mark with a young player. You can assess things like his left and right foot, or his performance on the pitch. But how a young player can be affected by the big things that happen in football – that is always a question.
“You can be aware and behind him to try to support him, but it has surprised us how mature he is. He is as calm as the day he arrived one year ago.”
Pochettino is aware that Ali’s form, like that of any young player, could dip from this present high, but he added: “We always need to be aware and look after him. We have a lot of control over that. He could go down, but we look after him.