Poyet says Tottenham Hotspur will have to start from ‘zero’ if Alli leaves

Gus Poyet has called on Tottenham Hotspur to stop other clubs from taking their best players.

The North London outfit have some shining stars in their ranks, including Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

Their impressive performances have pushed the club into Premier League title contention as they currently reside four points behind Chelsea with five games left to play.

There is so much promise surrounding Mauricio Pochettino’s team but they are yet to win a trophy. In fact the club has not picked up any silverware since 2008 when they won the League Cup.

Alli is one player who has made the headlines this season, scoring 16 goals and creating five assists in the top flight.

As expected, talk has emerged about his long-term future at White Hart Lane, and Poyet believes that Spurs must hold firm and not let him get lured away.

In the past, the London club have lost the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric ad Gareth Bale when they were at the height of their game.

Poyet, who previously played for Tottenham and worked as a coach there, told talkSPORT:

“It is time to stand up. It is time for Spurs to stand up and show the world you are able to keep them [the best players]. If not, it is going to be practically impossible to win the league, even more difficult to win a cup.

“It is very difficult to win [the title], there are very good teams. If somebody like Dele Alli leaves, then you start from zero again, so it is very important [to keep him]. I imagine Mauricio Pochettino is doing everything possible to keep the player.”