LONDON (AP) — When the shortlist for English soccer’s player of the year was released on Thursday, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino found Harry Kane’s name as expected.
But where was Dele Alli?
Not among the six leading players in the country, according to the midfielder’s fellow professionals who voted.
“He showed a great performance every week, every game,” Pochettino said, puzzled by Alli’s omission. “He’s improved a lot. From last season, I think he’s a better player, he’s showing better stats and in my opinion, yes, he deserves (the nomination).”
For the 16 goals and five assists in the Premier League, more than any…