By Toby Miles For Mailonline
Published: 01:01 GMT, 3 November 2020 | Updated: 01:16 GMT, 3 November 2020
Mauricio Pochettino has backed Dele Alli as the Spurs star remains stuck on the sidelines, comparing his 'special energy' to that of Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho.
The Englishman has played 66 minutes of Spurs' six Premier League matches so far and can't even get a full game in the Europa League, with the midfielder plummeting down Jose Mourinho's pecking order since last season.
Alli's frustration is building after having a loan move blocked this summer, with the 24-year-old reportedly yet to discuss the issue with his manager.
Dele Alli is being left out in the cold at Tottenham, playing just 66 Premier League minutes
Jose Mourinho blocked a loan move for the star this summer and his frustration is building
Mauricio Pochettino has backed the star, claiming he shares characteristics with Ronaldinho
Pochettino oversaw Alli's sharp rise from MK Dons prospect to Real Madrid target, and the former Spurs boss still raves about the midfielder.
He said his energy is similar to that of Maradona, who Pochettino was Argentina team-mate of briefly as their careers overlapped.