Dele Alli can interpret nine fakes like Lionel Messi, says Mauricio Pochettino | Football news

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Dele Alli has scored 52 goals for Tottenham since he entered 2015

Dele Alli has scored 52 goals for Tottenham since he entered 2015

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino faces a Sunday selection dilemma against Fulham, but said he could use Dele Ali in a false nine-piece role.

Harry Kane will be out for a month with damage to his ankle ligaments and Heung-Min Son is currently in the Asian Cup.

That leaves Fernando Llorente his only high-level striker after eliminating Vincent Janssen's comeback.

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However, Pochettino revealed that he may have other plans for his attack options and was inspired by Lionel Messi.

"Yesterday I was looking at Barcelona [against Levante] and the attacker was Leo Messi, "Pochettino said.

"You can play Llorente, you can play Dele Alli, you can play Erik Lamela, you can play [youngsters] Kazaiah Sterling, Troy Parrott, I do not know.

"You can play many, many players, it's not like you have to play a specific attacker.

Lionel Messi scored 24 goals for Barcelona this season

Lionel Messi scored 24 goals for Barcelona this season

"Look, Chelsea has played against us with [Eden] Danger as a striker, when [Olivier] Giroud was on the bench and [Alvaro] Morata was out of the team.

"We are so crazy, managers that sometimes we decide to do something different, right?"

Tottenham plays Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

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