By Russell Edge
Former Tottenham and Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet has warned Dele Alli that he must focus on his football as distractions will prevent him from becoming as good as he can be.
The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the brightest young talents not only at Spurs but in the entirety of the Premier League, finishing last season as the top scoring midfielder with 18 goals, netting more times than Eden Hazard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
While he has shown glimpses of his impressive form this season, he has not been as consistent, as well as finding himself in the centre of controversy of several incidents.
He was handed an international one match ban by FIFA for a hand gesture made while playing for England, as well as being widely criticised for an apparent dive in the club’s clash with Huddersfield earlier in the campaign.
Now former Sunderland manager Poyet has urged the England international to ensure he remains focused on what happens on the football pitch as opposed to off it if he wants to become one of the best in the world.
Speaking on Jim White’s programme on talkSPORT (31/10, 10:00) he said: “I love him as a player but there are too many things publicly about him, too many issues.
“I would say to him concentrate on football because if he does, he can be one of the best.
“Forget about the media, forget about Instagram, things like these, just focus on football please because you are outstanding.
“I’m not saying don’t have a life but there are ways to do it and moments to do it and he cannot waste his qualities because of external things.
“If he does concentrate on football, he is going to be amazing to watch.”
Since arriving from MK Dons Alli has gone on to make 108 appearances for Spurs, scoring 37 goals and chipping in with 25 assists, with 12 outings to his name this season.
In other Tottenham news, this star attacker has been ruled out of their clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday.