Mauricio Pochettino has a surprising role in mind for Tottenham starlet Dele Alli

The summer arrival is set to feature in a more advanced position this season.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli will be utilised as an attacker this season.

The 19-year old demonstrated his goal-scoring prowess last season, bagging 16 goals in League One, but was still characterised as a box-to-box midfielder upon his move to White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino appears to have other plans, however, as revealed in the club’s ‘Summer Transfer Window Wrap’ posted on their official website.

“In Dele, Sonny and Clinton we have three young, fast and exciting players who can play in several different attacking positions, giving us good options,” Pochettino is quoted as saying.

“All of them had impressive seasons in their respective leagues last season and we are excited about their potential alongside that of our current players.”

Grouping Alli together with Heung-Min Son and Clinton N’Jie is an interesting move by the Spurs boss and could simply be an attempt to give the squad the appearance of greater options, after their failure to recruit another striker.

That being said, Alli has been utilised in an attacking midfield role in each of his cameos this season, suggesting that he will indeed play as one of the three behind the striker, as opposed to his more familiar deeper role.

On the evidence of his first few appearances, it’s a challenge the England Under-21 international certainly seems up for.

He has already demonstrated his capacity to make dangerous, penetrating runs into the opposition box and was rewarded with his first Spurs goal against Leicester City last week, after meeting a Nacer Chadli cross at the end of one such run.

While injuries, suspensions and rotation will no doubt see the elegant midfielder return to a deeper role at some point this season, attack is most certainly the order of the day for now.

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