Jermaine Jenas explains how Mauricio Pochettino has been clever with Dele Alli

Jermaine Jenas

Jermaine Jenas compares Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino to legendary Newcastle United boss Sir Bobby Robson.

Jermaine Jenas has explained to BBC Sport how Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has been clever with midfielder Dele Alli.

Alli has been one of the best players for Tottenham so far this season and is arguably the best teenage footballer in the Premier League at the moment.

The 19-year-old’s performances for Spurs have been so good that he has already earned two caps for the England national team.

Former Tottenham midfielder Jenas has credited Pochettino for the way he has used Alli.

The former Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers star has also compared the Argentine to Sir Bobby Robson, with whom he worked at Newcastle United.

"Where Alli has Mauricio Pochettino, I had Sir Bobby Robson,” Jenas told BBC Sport. “Both managers were willing to throw us in and put their neck on the line, but they did it in a very clever way…

“To begin with, Pochettino also used him in positions where there was less responsibility, something Sir Bobby did with me. He put me out on the right at first and told me to go and roam but, like Alli, I ended up playing in the centre of midfield.

“With Alli, that might have happened because of injuries at first but he is now in a situation where he is seen as an integral part of the team by his manager and team-mates.”

Alli has scored two goals and created nine chances in 10 Premier League appearances for Tottenham so far this season.

The England international has a pass accuracy of 79% and a shot accuracy of 75%, and has won seven headers, seven dribbles and 22 tackles.

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