'One drink away' - Ian Wright compares Tottenham star to an alcoholic
By Russell Edge
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has compared Tottenham star Dele Alli to an alcoholic when discussing the midfielder’s temperament.
The 21-year-old returned to European action for the first time this season in the starting XI against Real Madrid on Wednesday after missing the club’s opening three Champions League game through suspension.
The ban came following his sending off in Spurs’ final Europa League game against Gent last season, as Mauricio Pochettino saw his men dumped out of the competition by the Belgian side.
It was the first and only red card of his Tottenham career so far, but he was criticised for his volatility, having shown in other matches a tendency to react to incidents.
Speaking about the youngster’s attitude, Wright compared it to his own, as well as to the way an alcoholic may struggle with holding off having another drink.
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He told 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live (01/11, 18:30): “It’s like an alcoholic, you’re only one drink away from getting on that bad wagon.
“At some stage you do hope that he does control it.
“I was always on that line, I thought I was in control of it but people would say something and I was literally fuming.
“You never really get rid of that feeling but you just have to control it.”
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) November 1, 2017
Alli has found himself at the centre of controversy this season, and was caught on the wrong side of the law while playing for England earlier in the campaign.
He received a one match international ban after being found guilty of making an obscene and unsporting gesture during the Three Lions’ clash against Slovenia.
In other Tottenham news, fans were left raging over this Pochettino decision v Real Madrid.