Dele Alli penalty helps Tottenham down Southampton

Dele Alli penalty helps Tottenham down Southampton

But while the media has called him a flop and linked him with a summer move away from White Hart Lane, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has rallied to his defense in press conference comments ahead of Sunday's match against Southampton.

Kane's absence meant Son Heung-min led the line but it was Spurs' attacking midfielders who filled the void, with Eriksen breaking the deadlock before Alli won and then converted a penalty. In the box he looks like a striker because he's very smart and outside the box he plays like a midfielder.

"Maybe one day he'll play like a goalkeeper or a full-back or centre-back!"

Recent England call-up James Ward-Prowse trimmed Tottenham's lead in a second half which saw Alli temporarily play up front, with the 20-year-old having now taken his season's tally to 18 goals in all competitions.

DELE ALLI has scored more league goals than other player aged 21 or younger in Europe's top five divisions.

They trail league leaders Chelsea by 10 points.

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And straight after that opportunity, Claude Puel's men threatened again and should have levelled as Redmond managed to get on the end of a deep cross and his toe-poke came to Tadic, who smashed over from close range.

"Dele always surprises you and you can't guess him", Pochettino, whose second-placed side racked up a 10th successive league win at home, told reporters.

The midfielder was sent to ground after tangling with Southampton's Steven Davis, prompting referee Andre Marriner to award the penalty that was converted easily by Alli.

"In the first half it was under control".

"We had a very hard pre-season with players returning from Euro 2016, so today is a completely different period and we are at a completely different level". "He's a different player and I thought we did really well but the second half was tough for us". "We trust completely our doctor and physios and that department who look after them in the best way". Not from Southampton. Remarkably, this was only their third game since the win at Sunderland on 11 February.

Le Tissier has made a decision to offer Mauricio Pochettino an ideal team talk though, suggesting that Kane's absence should give Southampton plenty of confidence.