Tottenham Hotspur news: Mauricio Pochettino is running out of praise for Harry Kane, but has warning for Dele Alli
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the sky is the limit for Harry Kane after his latest match-winning performance, but warned Dele Alli to stop diving if wants to follow suit.
Spurs 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.”