Date: 19th February 2016 at 9:00am
Written by:

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Dele Alli will be read the riot act by Mauricio Pochettino for kicking a defenceless opponent during Tottenham’s 1-1 Europa League draw at Fiorentina on Thursday night.

The teenage midfielder was lucky to escape a red card in the first half of the clash after kicking Nenad Tomovic in the stomach while he was on the ground.

It is the third time in recent weeks that Alli has been let off, following incidents with Watford’s Etienne Capoue and Sunderland’s Patrick van Aanholt.

Speaking to the media afterwards, Pochettino claimed he did not see the incident at the time, for which Alli received a yellow card, but planned to talk to the midfielder after seeing a replay.

The Spurs manager made no attempt to play down the seriousness of the indiscretion by the England international.

“We need to try to teach him,” Pochettino said. “He is a young player and he has a lot to learn about elite football.”

Alli has had a sensational debut season for Tottenham since moving from MK Dons last year after making 62 appearances at League One level.

“It is his first season in the Premier League at Tottenham,” added Pochettino. “He came from League One, he needs to learn a lot. But I didn’t see it. Some people say ‘yes’, say ‘no’, so I don’t know.”