"We'll see, we need to assess, but we are happy".
"I can not tell you if he is ahead of schedule or not".
Pochettino can see parallels as his Spurs side aim to overtake second-placed Manchester City on Saturday and close in on leaders Liverpool, pointing out the difference in resources after Tottenham ended a second successive transfer window without a single signing. "Now when you cannot achieve what you want, it's important for him to feel again he can be helpful".
"If you have the auto to win and you're good, then you win".
Pochettino, a Formula One fan, used the example of Alonso facing Lewis Hamilton in a far superior vehicle, to highlight the challenge his Spurs side face.
Hamilton won the F1 Drivers' Championship in his Mercedes a year ago while Alonso came in 11th in his McLaren.
"That is significant with the injuries they have had and I fancy Spurs in this one".
The situation alerted Arsenal as The Sun reported last weekend that the Gunners had enquired about taking Malcom on loan with the option to sign him for £50m at the end of the season as Unai Emery looks to bolster his attacking options.
"I am in football because I want to play good football and not win? No".
"Enough is enough, I am happy to work with my squad, I have a good squad, but always I am open to add more quality. But do you think that's a problem with Alonso or a problem with the auto?"
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Pochettino said: 'We have two free places (in the squad), with Georges-Kevin N'Koudou going to Monaco and (Mousa) Dembele to China, and he (Janssen) is going to be on the list.
"It happens also that you have an awesome vehicle but you crash after the first bend".
"For different reasons - but the principle reason was a sporting decision - one year ago we chose to send him on loan [to Fenerbahce] and then in the last year he didn't play because he was injured".
Llorente has struggled to get much game time since joining the club in the summer of 2017.
However, Pochettino said the system has not been chosen because of Llorente's aerial threat.
"We don't want to think about it", Son added.