Mauricio Pochettino has watched his young Tottenham team build even more character this year as they attempt to chase down Chelsea in the title race.
Last season’s heartache at the hands of Leicester City was a key moment in his starlets’ football educations, and the Spurs boss thinks he now has several leaders in his starting XI.
“For me, every player has the capacity to be a leader,” he said, quoted by the Mirror.
“We have Hugo Lloris, who is the captain of France, and Dele Alli has the personality and the character to become a leader in a few years.”
This isn’t a pressing issue given that current skipper Lloris recently signed a new contract.
Yet, it’s a massive positive for the Lilywhites that they have so many natural leaders in their ranks.
Harry Kane and Eric Dier are another two young players who have all the qualities to captain the side, as they both have done on some occasions when Lloris hasn’t played.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see how Alli conducts himself if he is ever given the armband.
The 20-year-old has sometimes faced criticism for his volatile nature, missing important games towards the end of last season after punching West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in the stomach.
Even this season, though, it’s easy to see how he’s matured as a player, and he undoubtedly has the fire to be a future captain if he’s still at the club in years to come.