'Unbelievable' Dele Alli can play anywhere on the pitch - Pochettino

  • 'Unbelievable' Dele Alli can play anywhere on the pitch - Pochettino

'Unbelievable' Dele Alli can play anywhere on the pitch - Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is expected to pick Son Heung-min in place of injured striker Harry Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino admits Vincent Janssen has endured a hard first season with Tottenham but is convinced the Dutchman can be a success at White Hart Lane.

Pochettino said that, although Spurs missed Kane, "it was important for us to get that feeling to win the game, score goals and keep our position in the table".

Southampton would need to take 30 points out of a possible 36 from their final 12 league matches to equal last season's final points total of 63.

Tottenham will be looking to continue their good league form, despite being rocked by the injury of star striker Harry Kane during their 6-0 demolition of Millwall in the FA Cup.

Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen hailed his side's good fortune as they continue to pressurise the leaders and look to cement Champions League football for next season.

Picking the ball up 25 yards from goal, the Denmark global pushed the ball onto his left foot and sent a firm strike arrowing beyond Forster into the bottom-left corner.

The breakthrough, however, came from Christian Eriksen who put Tottenham ahead after just 13 minutes with a superbly struck shot from outside the area.

"Dele always surprises you and you can't guess him", Pochettino, whose second-placed side racked up a 10th successive league win at home, told reporters.

Southampton enjoyed some openings of their own, though, as Oriol Romeu and Gabbiadini both fizzed shots wide of the left-hand post, while Dusan Tadic was spared by an erroneous flag from the assistant referee as he lashed over the top after Ryan Bertrand had kept the ball in at the byline.

Manolo Gabbiadini has scored nine goals in his last seven games - six in four for Southampton and three in three for previous club Napoli.

The visitors were nearly immediately punished as Alli beat Steven Davis to a bouncing ball in the Southampton area and was felled by the Saints captain, leading referee Andre Marriner to award a penalty.

Davis took the free-kick and tried to cut back for a team-mate, but Spurs anticipated it well and looked to break. With the Tottenham defense thinking the ball was going out, Nathan Redmond flicked it back to Tadic, who unchallenged from six yards (meters) out managed to fire over the bar.

Spurs thought they had found the key to Southampton's success when they poached Paul Mitchell and his "black box" to head up recruitment in November 2014 but they were sold a dud.