Cliff Jones shares what is unfortunate about Tottenham star Alli
By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham great Cliff Jones has shared that it is unfortunate that current star Dele Alli likes to show how tough he is rather than how good he is.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has established himself as a pivotal part of the Spurs team after joining from League One outfit MK Dons in February 2015 for a relatively low cost of £5million.
However, he has not been without his faults as he missed the end of the last campaign after receiving a ban for punching Claudio Yacob in an off-the-ball incident.
Alli has since escaped any further suspensions, but his red card for a dangerous tackle against Gent in February brought on much criticism for the youngster and many recalling any of his past displays of violence.
Now, Jones, who was part of a very successful Tottenham team between 1958 and 1968 has told that Alli’s aggression on the pitch is a hindrance to himself and the club.
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“Dele Alli is a brilliant player. Unfortunately he’s got this thing of going around proving how tough he is when I’d much prefer him going round showing how good he is,” told Jones to Football.London.
“He’s had that sending off and hopefully Pochettino will have talked to him and now he’ll go out and show people who good he is and not how hard he is. Because that’s not doing him any good nor the club.”
Alli has featured in 82 encounters for Tottenham in total with a return of 24 goals and 17 assists.
He played a key part in helping Spurs achieve a third place finish last season and he is currently proving key as they sit one position better in second.
In other Tottenham news, Harry Kane has named his greatest ever Spurs teammate.