Shearer points finger at senior Tottenham figure after numerous on-field controversies
Former Newcastle United star and current BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer has pointed the finger at Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as the key figure to get Dele Alli to stop diving in matches.
The subject of simulation rose its head once again in Spurs’ victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, as the 21-year-old fell to ground ahead of contact with the Eagles’ goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey , with the officials choosing not to book the youngster for an alleged dive.
The incident drew criticism from both fans and pundits alike, with Match of the Day pair Shearer and Gary Lineker dubbing the youngster “Divey Alli” and stating that it was a “blatant” piece of simulation on social media.
Having already been booked for diving twice already this season, more than any other player in the Premier League, Shearer insists that alongside Alli, his manager must apportion some of the blame, and that it is down to Pochettino to get his player gaining attention for all the right reasons instead of on-field controversy.
Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day 2 (25/02, 22:30), he said: “It has to come from the manager, it has to come from him to tell him (Alli) ‘look, you cannot keep on doing this – you’ve got huge potential as a player.’
“Let’s talk about him as a footballer, not about him constantly diving, because it seems as if we’re talking about him doing it every week.”
The topic of Dele Alli's diving came up again on @bbcmotd on Sunday.
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Alli has been a regular for Tottenham this season, with 37 appearances across all competitions, and has chipped in with nine goals and 13 assists.
In other Tottenham news, an official bid has been tabled for the club’s top attacking transfer target.