Why Mauricio Pochettino should start Dele Alli v Leicester City


The Tottenham Hotspur boss has been criticised after two disappointing results. The teenager can help him.

After two disappointing results out of two, it's fair to say Mauricio Pochettino's Premier League campaign hasn't exactly got off to a dream start.

And Tottenham fans haven't exactly hidden their feelings towards the Argentine.

Indeed, many supporters - even if they are still fully behind the coach - have criticised and questioned Pochettino's decisions against Manchester United and, primarily Stoke City. Daniel Levy may have left his manager in the lurch once again by leaving key attacking signings until the last minute - but a failure to change games for the better through substitutions lies squarely with the coach.

Pochettino even managed to swing a two-goal lead completely the wrong way with his changes against Stoke.

So why continue going through the same old options? Nabil Bentaleb is a man out of form and Erik Lamela appears to be making no impact whatsoever.

Why, then, does the Argentine not give one of Tottenham's best players in pre-season a go in Dele Alli?

Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer could also be worth considering but the 19-year-old has proven himself both in terms of his fitness and ability, shining during friendlies and also coming on during the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.

The youngster could add a breath of fresh air to the Spurs squad - preferably alongside Eric Dier in central midfield - and his selection could save Pochettino a lot of criticism. It would be a bold move and a reward for the teenager's form going into the Premier League campaign. 

For any worries that Alli is too young, meanwhile, he certainly didn't look it up against the likes of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale. And Pochettino shouldn't wait months to test out someone who could well become a big player for Tottenham - like he did with a certain Harry Kane last season.

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