By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Delle Alli has been told to be more composed after a flare-up ruled him out of Tottenham’s showdown against Chelsea next weekend.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino was unimpressed that Alli collected his fifth domestic caution of the season against West Ham on Sunday, resulting in an automatic one-match ban.
England’s new midfield star will miss Spurs’ home fixture against Chelsea next Sunday in a match that could prove crucial in the quest for top-four places.
With Tottenham 3-0 up against West Ham, Alli became involved in an altercation with Mark Noble and was shown a yellow card.
He was subsequently withdrawn in the 71st minute as his manager Mauricio Pochettino ensured his side avoided being reduced to 10 men.
“He is young,” said Pochettino at his post-match press conference. “But he needs to stay calm.”
Football Association rules on bookings state that a Premier League player who receives a total of five bookings before 31 December has to sit out the following game.
On the pitch, Tottenham mauled their London rivals 4-1, with what Pochettino described afterwards to be one of their most complete performances in his 15-month White Hart Lane reign.