Dele Alli can play false nine like Lionel Messi, says Mauricio Pochettino

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino faces a forward selection dilemma on Sunday against Fulham, but has said he could use Dele Alli in a false nine role.

Harry Kane is set to be out for a month with ankle ligament damage and Heung-Min Son is currently at the Asian Cup.

That leaves Fernando Llorente as his only senior striker after ruling out a return for Vincent Janssen.

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However, Pochettino revealed he may have other plans for his attacking options and has taken inspiration from Lionel Messi.

"Yesterday I was watching Barcelona [against Levante] and the striker was Leo Messi," said Pochettino.

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

"You can play many, many players. It's not that you have to play one specific striker.

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"Look, Chelsea played against us with [Eden] Hazard like a striker, when [Olivier] Giroud was on the bench and [Alvaro] Morata was out of the squad.

"We are so crazy, the managers that sometimes we decide to do something different, no?"

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