Mauricio Pochettino not worried about the ‘hype’ surrounding Tottenham and England star Dele Alli

1 Apr

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is confident Dele Alli can handle the hype after Sir Alex Ferguson said he was the most talented midfielder since Paul Gascoigne.

Alli has seven goals and 12 assists already in his debut season in the Barclays Premier League and he proved his international class last weekend with a superb performance against Germany.

England manager Roy Hodgson likened Alli to former England midfielder Bryan Robson and Ferguson has added his own praise for the 19-year-old, telling Sky Sports he is “probably the best young midfielder I have seen in many years, probably going back as far as Gascoigne.”

Pochettino has been eager to contain the expectation surrounding his young star but the Argentine has no concerns about Alli wilting under the pressure.

“It’s very good praise from one of the best managers in football history. I can only agree with him,” Pochettino said of Ferguson’s comments.

“Am I worried about the hype? No, you can see the whole season how he has managed the pressure. He is very calm, very mature.

“He has managed the pressure and the popularity and how to be a senior player and play for the national team. He is very calm.

“We always need to be aware and look after him. We have a lot of control about that. Only he can go down if you are not aware but we look after him in a good way.

“Now he is fresh, at a good level, he has a good mentality. He is mature enough. We have no worries about his future.”


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