Pochettino explains his thoughts on Dele Alli's Sunderland antics

The Tottenham boss has been discussing the 19-year-old's mischievous side.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino says he likes Dele Alli's 'naughty' character but has discussed how he will teach him to adapt, according to the Daily Mirror.

The teenager threw the ball at a Sunderland player on Saturday afternoon and, despite admitting he didn't see the incident, Pochettino says he will work with Alli to eradicate that kind of reaction.

The Argentine, however, wants the Tottenham talent to hold onto that side of his persona.

Pochettino is quoted as telling reporters: "I like how he is because you need to be a little bit naughty when you play football but he is young and we need to accept he has to learn in a professional side. He’s come from MK Dons, he was playing in League One last season but he is what he is, that is his character.

"Sometimes you need to be hard with him, sometimes you need to be friendly and give him some love. It’s like your son. But I will explain and show that it is better he reacted in a different way."

Alli's form at Spurs this season needs no further documenting. But the 19-year-old is in the perfect environment to thrive thanks to his team-mates, too.

The youth of Eric Dier, Harry Kane and co will give Alli confidence. And the expertise of slightly older players like Hugo Lloris and Mousa Dembele will come in equally handy.

Next up for Tottenham is an FA Cup visit to Leicester City, where we will see just how seriously the north London side are taking the tournament.

Pochettino will likely prioritise the club's following game, however, when Tottenham travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League. With Palace's recent form, it's the perfect chance to register three more points.

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