Pochettino Looking To Emulate Ferguson At Tottenham

Posted April 15, 2017

"Dele Alli arrived here from League One and had similar talent like a lot of players".

"Tottenham is not the only club in England that believes in young players", Pochettino said.

Second bottom Middlesbrough, six points from safety and without a win in 14 league matches, have no margin for error either as they try to avoid relegation.

Gosling appears set to remain on the sidelines along with fellow midfielder Andrew Surman, whose season was ended during the draw with Southampton.

"It's an honour to be put next to those names but I've still got so much to achieve before I can even start thinking I'm as good as them", he said.

"He has shown great confidence every week and has improved a lot from last season in every aspect of his game". Goalkeeper Michel Vorm (knee) will be assessed. Their defensive line-up of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier is undoubtedly one of, if not the, strongest in the league.

He told reporters: "It can seem like a long time five games, so we are delighted to have him back".

Tottenham are in brilliant form at the moment and will head into the match against Bournemouth as favourites.

Tottenham will look to attack from the very beginning given Bournemouth's leaky defense and although the Cherries are always a threat on the attack, Spurs will likely be slightly more careful when attacking given Danny Rose's absence.

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Spurs eroded Chelsea's lead last weekend when they crushed Watford 4-0 at White Hart Lane, only for Antonio Conte's men to restore their seven-point advantage by winning 3-1 at Bournemouth.

While Howe would undoubtedly like some more points to make safety a certainty, there is a sense the Bournemouth players may write this one off with one eye on a run of games against lowly Middlesbrough and Sunderland and an out-of-form Stoke to come next.

Harry Kane has scored five of Tottenham's eight league goals against Bournemouth.

Two of the three league encounters have produced a goal in the opening minute.

The England global is in the running for the PFA Young Player of the Year award after another impressive campaign, playing a part in 21 Premier League goals.

The Cherries have conceded three or more goals in 11 Premier League games this season.

Dele Alli has dismissed suggestions he could be deployed as a striker following a goal-laden season with Tottenham, saying he does not "feel comfortable" leading the line.

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