By Harry Sykes
Harry Redknapp has urged Dele Alli to stamp out the nasty streak in his game following his horror tackle as Tottenham crashed out of Europe.
Redknapp admitted he was a massive admirer of Alli, who has emerged as one of the outstanding players in the Premier League in the last two seasons.
But the former Tottenham manager did not hold back in his criticism of the 20-year-old for the first-half challenge on Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere 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.
“He’s got to cut that out of his game,” said Redknapp to BT Sport 2’s live coverage of the match afterwards. “He’s got that streak in him. I rave about the boy. That tackle is horrendous. He could’ve finished that fella’s career there with that tackle.
“He’s not got a decision, you can see his reaction straightaway, he’s lost his head. How the fella’s not got a broken leg, I do not know. It’s a miracle.”
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 them a 3-2 aggregate advantage.
Spurs have been eliminated from their second European competition of the season after crashing out of the Champions League before Christmas.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will now focus their efforts on securing a top-four Premier League finish as well as pushing strongly for the FA Cup.
Tottenham are third in the league ahead of Sunday’s clash against Stoke and have a quarter-final cup draw next month against lower league Millwall.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.