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Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino suggests Dele Alli close to being back to his best

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has delivered an exciting update on Dele Alli during his Watford pre-match press conference on Thursday, as per Football London.

What did he say?

The Argentine was asked whether the club and the fans would see the best of the England international in the coming weeks following a tough season for the 23-year-old to date, and his response was certainly encouraging.

The 47-year-old said: “He’s young, 23, but I love the way he’s working in the past few months, working hard to be the best, to find the best form.

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“That is a process that needs time too. It’s not now I want I get. It’s about working consistently and then suddenly the form you want arrives. I think he’s very close. He is doing well.”

Alli has played just 264 minutes of football in all competitions this season following injury issues, with only 30 minutes of that coming in the Premier League ahead of the visit of the Hornets this weekend.

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Exciting times

While Spurs’ defence has been a major concern during the current campaign – none more so than conceding 10 goals in their previous two outings against Bayern Munich and Brighton and Hove Albion – they haven’t really clicked in the final third yet either, aside from the 4-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Alli used to regularly hit double figures in terms of goals and assists for Tottenham, with 22 and 13 and 14 and 17 in 2016/17 and 2017/18 respectively, but he fell short last term as injury niggles clearly got the better of him.

Now the north London outfit could do with having the man who was so effective in the final third for them back given their struggles in 2019/20 to date, as well as a lack of form for Christian Eriksen who picked up a shocking 2/10 rating from Football London at the Amex, and if Pochettino thinks he is close to reaching that level then that can only be an exciting thing.

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