Frank Lampard slams £50,000-a-wk Tottenham player over most ridiculous of things
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard needs to take a strong hard look at himself for slamming Tottenham star Dele Alli for celebrating his goal against Manchester United on Saturday.
Alli danced in front of the Spurs faithful after putting his side one goal up in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley only see his side go on to lose 2=1 when Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera booked Jose Mourinho’s side a place in the final.
Lampard, speaking on BT Sport 1 on Sunday ahead of Chelsea’s semi-final with Southampton, somehow decided that Alli’s celebration was an issue that was really worth talking about.
“I think Dele Alli has learned a big lesson there that don’t celebrate too early and dance too early,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“This isn’t me being too jealous because I can’t do the floss as I’ve been reliably informed and I can’t do it but that’s not why I’m saying it.
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“I just think in a big game like that when you’ve got 80 minutes left against Manchester United, I think you’ve got to be careful.
“You can do that for the third goal maybe in the 90th minute and I think the game changed on. It’s a small thing [and] it’s a small detail but it does matter and I think he would have learned a lesson yesterday.”
So basically, Lampard is saying that Alli should not be allowed to dance after putting his team ahead in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
For such a respected pundit, the ex-England international is really clutching at straws here as the media witch hunt over Alli has found a new level of ridiculousness.
People forget that Alli is only 22-years-old and, according to the Daily Star, is earning £50,000-a-week which is well below the paygrade of other similar players in the Premier League that can only dream of having his ability.
So what if he wants to partake in exuberant celebrations? And why should he just leave that until the last 10 minutes if Spurs are three goals up.
Lampard should know as well as anyone that a career in football is short and you should savour every moment possible.