Spurs versus West Brom: The Shakedown
Dele Alli, you may’ve heard of him, could find himself in venerated company tomorrow afternoon, if he manages to find the net for a fifth successive Premier League game.
Others who’ve clunked into similarly hot scoring grooves include Teddy Sheringham, Robbie Keane, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale.
If I possessed the technical wizardry, right now I’d be finding a way to turn your speakers into a klaxon, to remind you that the England midfielder doesn’t turn twenty-one until April.
Have a think about what you were doing at twenty years of age and then prepare to feel quite miserable about some of your life choices.
Sorry about that.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis is certainly a fan of the former MK Dons star. In yesterday’s press conference, while evaluating his West Brom side’s chances at White Hart Lane on Saturday, he had this to say:
‘Dele Alli has got the world at his feet. It’s there for him. He’s a goalscorer. He’s a top player.’
Words perhaps, underpinned with a sense of personal disappointment, about what could have been for some of his own burgeoning talent. There’re some who’d suggest that Saido Berahino was an equally as thrilling a prospect at Alli’s age, but has since rather lost his way.
‘I haven’t got a clue what’s going to happen’, was Pulis’ answer when asked what the future might hold for young Saido. Here’s hoping the Burundi-born striker can find some inner peace, and if not, I hear Stoke might be interested.
Spurs Team News
No man is an island, as they say. And, while Dele Alli might be the Prince of English football right now, it’s the collective who’re king for Tottenham. The heart-stopping victory over League leaders Chelsea, was about as flawless a team performance as you’re likely to find.
Fortunately for Mauricio Pochettino, there’ve been no casualties of war from the F.A Cup weekend, or indeed the exertions against Antonio Conte’s Champions-elect. Almost everyone is available.
Here we can copy-and-paste a line about Erik Lamela’s hip not being quite ready for use, but fingers crossed he’ll be available for what is a gruelling February. With Europa League knockouts and a trip to Anfield stamped in the diary. Joy.
Possible line-up: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Rose, Wanyama, Dembélé, Alli, Eriksen, Kane, Son. Subs: Vorm, Wimmer, Dier, Trippier, Sissoko, Janssen, Winks.