Alli reveals the Pochettino influence

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli explained how manager Mauricio Pochettino has had a ‘massive’ effect on his career.

The England international, 21, has come of age during the Argentinian coach’s tenure, and is set to start when Spurs face West Brom at Wembley on Saturday.

"He's massive to me, a big help with everything," Alli told Sky Sports. "Every day in training and in everyday life he pushes you, making you a better person and player," 

"He's a massive role in my career; we work together a lot, we speak a lot, and I think that is important for a young player, to know you have a manager you can trust and speak to.

"He wants to help you improve and push you on. We trust in him, we put all our trust in him here, and that's the main thing. We know that the decision he makes is the best for the team and it's important that we stick by that.

Alli will hope to add to his three goals from 10 Premier League appearances against the Baggies, and he admits that his form has been a bit below-par so far this season.

"It has been a bit hit and miss at times, but I've enjoyed it so far, and I think that's the main thing, that I keep enjoying it, enjoying playing for Tottenham," he added. "It has been good. Obviously you always want to improve and get better but I'm enjoying it.

"Obviously I've put myself in a situation where everyone expects me to score or assist every game, and as a player myself I expect it as well, but obviously that is not always the case, and just because you don't score or assist it doesn't necessarily mean you've played bad.

"I'm probably my biggest critic. But like I say, I've enjoyed it. It's easy to get down with things if they're not going your way or if you haven't been performing.

"But I know in myself that that's not the case, I've been playing well at times and you can't play well every game. A lot of players will tell you it is impossible to play well at the top level in every single game."