Pochettino issues warning to Tottenham star Dele Alli

Date published: Saturday 30th September 2017 6:15

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes the sky is the limit for Harry Kane, while he has warned Dele Alli to stop diving after the 4-0 win at Huddersfield.

Tottenham turned in an irresistible performance at the John Smith’s Stadium, sweeping aside Huddersfield 4-0, with three of those coming in the first 24 minutes.

It was the first time the Terriers have been outclassed since their promotion to the Premier League but it was also the first time they have come across the whirlwind that is Kane, who opened the scoring with a clinical counter-attack and then bent one left-footed into the corner from 20 yards.

That took his tally to 13 goals in eight games for club and country since his customary barren August, and he was backed up by a deft finish from the excellent Ben Davies and a late fourth from substitute Moussa Sissoko.

Pochettino admitted he was running out of praise for his star striker, but expects to be searching for even more superlatives as his growth continues.

“It’s difficult to speak every three days about Harry Kane, to find the words to describe him,” said the Spurs manager.

“He is fantastic. He is great in front of goal and when we don’t have the ball he is the first one available to run, to fight for the team. His mentality is fantastic, it makes him one of the best strikers in the world.

“But Harry is still so young and the gap to improve is massive for him. That is our job: to try and push him to get better and better and better. Every player who is 23, 24, even 30 can always improve.”

The message for Alli was less effusive. The midfielder, who will miss England’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia over the offensive gesture he made against Slovakia last month, was booked for diving.

It is not the first time he has been cautioned for simulation and Pochettino wants an end to the trend.

“He needs to learn, he must,” he said.

“This type of action doesn’t help him, doesn’t help the club and doesn’t help football. We are talking these last few years about fair play and being honest. He has improved a lot but still there is that little bit (he) must learn.”

Huddersfield boss David Wagner was in the unusual position of bemoaning his side’s defensive display.

After conceding just three times in their first six games, they more than doubled that tally and he saw an error-strewn performance.

“If you give Spurs a chance they probably use it, if you give them a present they use it for sure,” he said.

“We gave them too many presents. What disappointed me is they didn’t have to work enough for their chances.

“A chance for Harry Kane, a goal for Tottenham, this is the story.”

The player himself will how link back up with England, looking to fire the Three Lions to next summer’s World Cup and continue his red hot form.

Asked if he has ever felt more on top of his game, Kane told Sky Sports: ”Probably not. If you look at the goals to games it’s probably the best month I’ve had, especially after August.

”It’s nice, I feel good, I feel confident, when these boys are up the pitch putting in good crosses and through balls and I’m just there to put them away.”

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