Dele Alli fast approaching a crossroads
Those of you that read the words of Harry Kane in the Players Tribune, following his landmark 100th Premier League goal, will have been amazed at the dedication that the 24-year old has shown to ensure that he can make the most of his talents he has at his disposal. The model pro in every sense of the word – if only Dele Alli displayed the same level of application.
Alli, in truth possesses far more natural gifts that Kane ever had but he is in danger of damaging of what could be one of the most promising of football careers as he continues to show a severe lack of professionalism both on and off the pitch. As Tottenham left Anfield after arguably our best away performance of the season, Dele, fresh from another game being booked for simulation this time – found himself all over social media due to his off-pitch antics. If we couple this with dangerous tackles he commits on a regular basis he is slowing pressing a self-destruct button that will ensure he will never fulfil his undoubted potential.
There is no doubting that Alli can achieve anything he wants from the game; however, it does worry me that he is being influenced by those off the pitch that will ultimately be his downfall if he doesn`t make some notable changes in his life. We no longer see that fresh-faced hungry footballer from MK Dons and instead see a man who is falling into all the trappings of fame and all that goes with it. I worry that if a strict disciplinarian like Pochettino can`t get into his head, then what hope is there for any other manager in the future.
Dele Alli is facing a genuine crossroads in his career at this moment in time and he needs to make his mind up of what he wants from the game. Petulant tackles, blatant diving and enjoying life to excess off the pitch isn`t contusive to being one of the most talented footballers in world football – something he has the ability to become.
Harry Kane closed his column by claiming that his dream when he closes his eyes is to lift a Premier League title at Tottenham`s new ground?I do wonder where is Alli`s head is at if he was asked that very question!