Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has used a reference from the popular television show Game of Thrones to describe the slow-burn that midfielder Dele Alli has had to the start of the season. While the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen are in fine form, the 21-year-old has had a less than impressive start to the 2017/17 Premier League campaign.
Speaking ahead of Spurs' crunch Champions League clash against Real Madrid, via Football London, Pochettino was quizzed on Alli's slow start to the season, and responded humorously, stating:
"The last three games he’s played we’ve been happy with his performance. He is increasing his level and I am not worried about him. It’s true he’s not in his best, but it’s coming. Like winter, it’s coming."
Alli has struggled to play with the same spark that saw him become a popular figure with Spurs fans last season, but has still managed to score three goals and contribute one assist in his ten Premier League games so far this campaign. Pochettino will be eager to have his creative midfielder back to his best as soon as possible, as Spurs go from strength to strength.
The north London side sit comfortably in third place in the Premier League, after shaking off early season claims that playing at Wembley Stadium this season would scupper their home form. Pochettino's young side are showing signs of blossoming into a side capable of challenging for the Premier League title, after being pipped to the post by Chelsea last season.