Dele Alli In Danger Of Becoming England’s Villain at Euro 2016

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Pochettino’s comments on Dele Alli’s latest digressions, when the FA banned the England international for the remainder of the Premier League season following his punch on West Bromwich Albion’s, Claudio Yacob, refused to criticise the youngster:

“He is a very strong character and personality and it is for that reason that he is one of the best players in England. We cannot change him. We all make mistakes and he made a mistake.”

Mauricio Pochettino

If Alli’s reaction to whatever the Baggies midfielder did was a one-off, then sure, the former Southampton gaffer is right that we all make mistakes. But how many mistakes does it take before it becomes a character flaw?

Alli, in his sensational debut season, has developed a reputation as a player who can be targeted and wound up by the opposition; he loves to react and to have a little niggle/kick out.

It may well be that ‘on the edge’ mentality that gives Alli the ability to play the impressive way he does and to attempt things like the goal of the season contender against Crystal Palace. However, like Diego Costa at Chelsea, there comes a point where a players negatives, no matter how good, outweigh his positives.

Alli goes to France this summer with a lot of English hopes pinned upon him to conjure up moments of magic. The same was expected of David Beckham in France during the 1998 World Cup…