MAURICIO Pochettino has backed young stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli to carry on improving after their nominations for the Professional Footballers’ Association’s player and young player of the year respectively.
And the Argentine confessed to feeling a little surprised that Alli - with 16 league goals to his name already this season - had not been nominated for the senior award.
Taking time out from his preparation for Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth at White Hart Lane, Pochettino said he still believed Kane, with 24 goals in all competitions so far, could reach the 30 goal mark.
He explained: "It is possible. Harry is a player with character and personality who believes in his ability. He is always looking to improve and he is ready to play until the end of the season.
"He is fit again and very fresh in his body and his mind."
As for Alli, who won the young player of the year award last season, Pochettino felt his performances this season merited a step up.
"He has shown great confidence every week and has improved a lot from last season in every aspect of his game. He is a better player, so in my opinion yes."