Walker: Pochettino has given Tottenham ace Alli this key piece of tactical advice
By Amir Mir
Kyle Walker believes Dele Alli can “express himself” more but revealed manager Mauricio Pochettino has urged the Tottenham sensation to keep it simple on the pitch.
Midfielder Alli won the PFA young player of the year award in his first season at White Hart Lane, as he helped Spurs finish third in the Premier League last season.
The 20-year-old joined the north London club during the summer of 2015 from League One outfit MK Dons, with the attacking midfielder earning a place in the England national team and emerging as a key player for club and country.
His Spurs teammate Walker hailed Alli for dealing with the pressure but did offer some advice to his young teammate that has been echoed by Pochettino at White Hart Lane.
“He’s doing it tremendously well,” said Walker as quoted by Sky Sports. “From a young age, the weight on his shoulders, he deals with it in his stride.
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“I always say he looks like he’s playing in the park. It’s fantastic to see someone just playing football with a smile on their face and enjoying every moment of it.
“He can express himself a little bit more, but I think he just needs to keep it simple sometimes, which the manager does tell him too.
“When he does express himself in the final third you can’t have a go at players for doing that, because more times than not it does come off. We do get a lot of goals from that.
“We’re only human, we can’t be 10 out of 10 each week. Dele does fantastically well for Tottenham.”
Alli has scored two goals in seven Premier League appearances this term, including a strike in the 2-0 win against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City last weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are the only unbeaten team in the league, with 17 points from their opening seven games, as they sit one point behind leaders City, after ending their 100 per cent record.
Since his arrival in the top-flight Alli has scored 12 goals and provided nine assists in 40 appearances for the White Hart Lane club.
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