By Matt Farr
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has admitted he has to learn and change after seeing Seamus Coleman’s horror leg break.
The Everton defender is expected to be out for six months after suffering a double leg break in the 0-0 draw between Wales and Republic of Ireland on Friday, resulting from a reckless challenge from Neil Taylor.
But Alli, who has fallen foul to his own aggression of late, admitted to the Daily Star that the injury could have a massive impact on his own game, where he could consider altering his aggressive approach.
Tottenham’s 20-year-old goalscoring sensation was sent off and handed a three-match ban by UEFA for his rough challenge on Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere in their Europa League tie last month.
However, unlike Coleman against Wales, Alli’s challenge did not have such massive repercussions for Dejaegere.
After facing criticism for his aggressive game plan, Alli has revealed he has been working on making changes that will see him react better in heated situations, and not lose his head.
But he also insisted he would not close the door completely on his aggressive streak.
He said: “I have to learn to change – not maybe to play with less aggression, but how I react in different situations is something I am looking to improve.
“I’ve been working on it, hopefully people can see that. I didn’t go in to hurt the player, I went in for the ball but sometimes it can look a lot worse than what happened in your head.
“Like my tackle against Gent, I was relieved that nothing bad happened to the player. It’s something I have learned from straightaway.”
In the six appearances since his Europa League sending off, Alli has yet to pick up a single booking. The midfielder has been cautioned on five occasions this season in all competitions, with four in the Premier League.
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