Redknapp apopletic about Tottenham player after European exit
By Harry Sykes
Harry Redknapp tore into Dele Alli for his horror tackle on Brecht Dejaegere in Tottenham’s latest European humiliation on Thursday night.
Alli was given a straight red card in the Europa League second-leg clash at Wembley after 41 minutes for a challenge that ended with his stud halfway up the Gent player’s leg.
Redknapp was adamant that the Spurs playmaker could have broken Dejaegere’s leg and that the referee had no choice but to give him his marching orders.
The match was 1-1 and Spurs were 2-1 down on aggregate when Alli was dismissed and, although the home side scored a second-half second to level the scores, Gent progressed to the last-16 of the Europa League with a Jeremy Perbet goal eight minutes from the end that gave the visitors a 3-2 aggregate advantage.
“He could have finished the boy’s career, there’s no doubt about that, it was that bad,” said Redknapp during BT Sport 2’s live coverage of the second leg. “He could have broke the lad’s leg, snapped it and that was the end of it.”
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Christian Eriksen put Spurs ahead on the night with a well taken opener after 10 minutes before Harry Kane inadvertently slotted into his own net to leave the home side needing two more goals to progress to the next round.
Victor Wanyama gave his side some second-half momentum with a superb finish after 61 minutes but Tottenham exited their second European competition of the season after failing to add a third goal.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.