Tottenham's Dele Alli celebrates with manager Mauricio Pochettino
In Harry Kane's absence, the 20-year-old featured in a more advanced role during Spurs' clash with Southampton on Sunday, and he took to the role extremely well bagging the goal that proved to be the winner at White Hart Lane.
And following the victory, Pochettino insisted that Alli has shown so much in the various roles he has featured in during his career that he may not be shocked if he turns out to be an excellent stopper also.
“I watched him when he was 18 years old at Milton Keynes as a holding midfielder against Manchester United,” he said, as reported by the Independent.
“He always surprises me. Maybe one day he plays as a goalkeeper, full-back or centre back. Dele Alli can always surprise you. He has an unbelievable personality and character. Anything is possible for him.”
Tottenham will be hoping that Alli maintains his current form for the duration of Kane's absence. His goal against the Saints was his 14th in the Premier League this season, while he has also contributed three assists.
And given that level of productivity, it seems extremely unlikely that Spurs boss Pochettino will look to field him in anything other than an advanced role while their top goalscorer is sidelined, even if he has the confidence in him to potentially be an understudy for anyone, including Hugo Lloris.