Tottenham Sweating On Fitness Of Playmaker For Newcastle Game: Cause For Concern For Pochettino?

SAMARA, RUSSIA - JULY 07: Emil Krafth of Sweden is challenged by Dele Alli of England during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by the Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli will need to pass a late fitness test to see if he is ready to feature against Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon. Alli was sidelined during Spurs’ last two outings in the Premier League against Aston Villa and Manchester City respectively due to a hamstring problem he sustained in pre-season.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he is not willing to take any risks with the talented Englishman, who has suffered four hamstring injuries over the past couple of seasons (via the Evening Standard).

Alli’s Poor Luck With Injuries In Recent Times

Alli had to endure a frustrating campaign in the last term when he struggled to find consistency on the field. However, he still managed to put in some match-winning performances for the North London outfit. The England international made 38 appearances for Spurs last season, scoring seven goals while grabbing eight assists on all fronts. 

The former Milton Keynes Dons prospect has also represented England in 37 international matches while registering three goals for his country in the process. Even though Alli has been plagued with injuries in recent seasons, the fact remains that he is one of the best young talents in English football. 

What Does The English Playmaker Offer On The Field?

Pochettino’s side can benefit from having Alli back in action against the Magpies this weekend. Spurs lacked creativity from midfield during the clash away at Man City, so they can undeniably use someone of Alli’s creativity and guile to cause a lot of problems for the Newcastle defenders on Sunday.

The English sensation can link up play well with others around him and is a potent goal-threat from long range. He is an accurate distributor of the ball and tends to make some well-timed runs from midfield. However, Alli needs to overcome his recent injury concerns if he wants to help Spurs win some silverware in the coming years.

Alli Is A Major Doubt To Start Vs Newcastle: Huge Worry For Pochettino?

Pochettino needs his best players back as Tottenham cannot afford to drop any more points if they are to keep up with their rivals at the top end of the Premier League table. Hence, the news of Alli being a doubt for the game versus Newcastle will undoubtedly be a big worry for the Spurs boss as he is currently short of creative options going forward.

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