Shearer right to lay blame on Pochettino after damning criticism of Tottenham star
Former Newcastle United striker and current BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer is right to blame Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino over the criticism aimed at Dele Alli for his diving.
The English midfielder came under heavy fire from supporters and pundits alike on Sunday afternoon, after he was alleged to have tried to con the referee with some play acting against Crystal Palace.
While referee Kevin Friend did not give a penalty or book Alli for the incident involving Eagles goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, the 21-year-old was slammed for his actions, with Shearer’s Match of the Day counterpart Gary Lineker handing him the nickname “Divey Alli”.
However, while Premier League’s record goalscorer also gave damning criticism of the Tottenham star’s antics, he also took the time to point the finger of blame at Spurs boss Pochettino for his management of the youngster, insisting that it is up to him to get Alli out of the mindset of diving.
The topic of Dele Alli's diving came up again on @bbcmotd on Sunday.
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— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 26, 2018
The midfielder has already been booked twice for simulation this season, more than any other player in the Premier League, and Shearer says it is an issue which seems to be rearing its head every week.
As such, he is right to criticise Pochettino alongside his player, for the manager has not taken enough action to combat the problem, something which needs to be done in public view.
While there may well be talks behind closed doors between the pair, until Alli’s boss calls him out in fans and the pundits, or axes him from the starting XI for his behaviour, he will still feel he can get away with it.
That is of course if his manager views it as a problem, and if not, then it is another problem to tackle entirely.
Still, simulation by the laws of the Premier League is an offence, and if Pochettino chooses not to try and keep his players within the boundaries of the law, then he himself will suffer by losing players through suspension.
In other Tottenham news, an official bid has been tabled for the club’s top attacking transfer target.