By Matt Farr
Pundit Danny Mills believes the physicality of Tottenham star Dele Alli makes him an ‘extra special’ player.
Alli has been criticised for his aggressive streak this season, having fallen prey to his own physicality on several occasions.
The most alarming example for the 21-year-old was when he was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Brecht Dejaegere during their Europa League defeat to Gent in February.
He could have no reason to dispute the referee’s decision for his horror tackle, with ex-Tottenham boss Harry Rednapp later admitting he could he could have ended Dejaegere’s career.
However, Mills insists that if Alli’s aggression can be handled in the right way, he will be an ‘extra special player’, recalling a similar struggle from Manchester United star Wayne Rooney during his early days.
Rooney has been shown a total of seven red cards throughout his career for both club and country, but he has not been given his marching orders since October 2014.
Speaking on the Premier League Daily Show on Sky Sports on Thursday morning, Mills said:
“He’s an absolute sensation, not just in incredible technique and technical ability. A little bit like N’Golo Kante, he has that drive, that desire, that passion.
“I don’t mind a little bit of physicality. Occasionally he might overstep the mark, but that’s what makes him a great player. That’s what we saw from Wayne Rooney in the early days when he was coming through.
“That edge just gives him that little bit of something extra special.”
Despite the ongoing debate over Alli’s physicality, it has fortunately not completely overshadowed what has been a groundbreaking season for the Tottenham star.
Alli has developed a prolific goalscoring streak this season, netting a superb 19 goals and supplying 10 assists from his 42 appearances in all competitions.
He has five goals from his last six Premier League appearances, finding the back of the net in the back-to-back victories over Swansea and Watford last week.
In other Tottenham news, Mills has also delivered his verdict on Tottenham talisman Harry Kane.