Pundit Exclusive: Pochettino tipped to poach 'Fantastic' Tottenham player after Sky reveal
Kevin Phillips has tipped former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to try and sign Dele Alli when he returns to management.
The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, questioned the 24-year-old’s consistency and suggested that he will leave the north London club in 2021.
Alli has fallen down the pecking order at Spurs and has failed to make the matchday squad for their last four Premier League fixtures.
Despite his struggles this season, Pochettino gave the attacking midfielder a glowing reference on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme and even compared his former player’s charisma to that of Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho.
Pochettino, long-linked with the manager’s job at Manchester United, has been out of work since his sacking for Tottenham 12 months ago.
When asked by Football Insider if he expected the Argentinian manager to try and poach Alli in his next job, Phillips said: “You would have thought he would try and sign Dele.
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“From what I have seen of him I would certainly not compare him to those players. I will not argue with Pochettino because he has worked with Dele day in, day out for a number of years.
“But for me, he has not done it consistently enough for Tottenham. Things are not quite happening for him at Spurs right now and if he is to move on you would have to say that wherever Pochettino goes he would look to sign Dele Alli.
“There is a fantastic player in there but not in the mould of the two players that he mentioned.”
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