Tottenham's Dele Alli in confident mood ahead of Everton game

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The January signing is in contention for his first competitive start in Saturday's Premier League fixture.

Tottenham Hotspur starlet Dele Alli has spoken to Spurs TV about his confidence of breaking into Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team this season.

The 19-year old has made two substitute appearances so far – away at Manchester United and Leicester City – but has yet to appear at White Hart Lane.

Alli scored what should have been the winner for Spurs against the Foxes last week, with a typical late run into the box, and is looking to build on that in Saturday’s game.

“Everton are a good team and it will be tough, but we’ll be concentrating on our own game and I’m sure we can pick up our first win in front of our home supporters,” the former MK Dons man told Spurs TV.

“Of course, I’m hoping to get some game time and make my home debut at the Lane, but if it doesn’t happen this weekend, I’m confident it will come soon.”

The enthusiasm and energy displayed by the England Under-21 international has endeared him to the Spurs faithful and Alli is grateful for the support he has received, adding: “The fans were amazing when I came on at Leicester last week. They’ve been incredible since I’ve been here and I can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Should he start against Everton?

While still very young, and inexperienced in the Premier League, Alli’s cameos for Spurs, both in pre-season and competitive games, have been impressive.

His goal against Leicester typifies what he adds to the Tottenham team - a real box-to-box presence and goal threat.

Spurs have long-suffered from a lack of options in behind, with slow build up play in front of the opposition generally being the order of the day, but Alli brings a sense of urgency and an extra body in the box when attacks are initiated.

Pochettino will likely stick with the Ryan Mason and Eric Dier duo - who have been competent yet unspectacular - but Alli looks fully-equipped to swim if thrown in at the deep-end, and Saturday’s game could be the perfect opportunity to do just that.

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