Reason to worry for Tottenham over new signing Alli as boss reveals he is being targeted

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has called for protection from referees for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has called on referees to give young talent Dele Alli greater protection.

The midfielder is out of action and back at parent club Tottenham, who signed him on deadline day and loaned him back to the League One side.

Alli was injured in a win over Colchester United earlier this month, in which he scored his 14th goal of the season.

Robinson told MK Web: "I think the tackle was horrific on him and young players need to be protected more from the referee.

“If they don’t get more protection then this will happen. He is being targeted but his injury isn't as long as what I first thought it could be."

Alli is undergoing treatment at Spurs, who suddenly have their own interests to look after, and will not want to release him until they are 100 per cent satisfied he is healthy, no matter how keen the midfielder is to return to help the Dons promotion push.

MK Dons have recently loaned Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker until the end of the season as cover for Alli, which will also help the new Spurs signing when he returns to the club, in terms of alleviating pressure.

Alli has scored 14 goals this season, the highest of any midfielder in the league, and the worry from Robinson, and no doubt Spurs, is that teams will try to take him out in order to stop him through cynical means.

Robinson clearly feels the young talent was a little fortunate despite being ruled out for six weeks, and another bad challenge when he returns could not only end his season, but affect his pre-season with Spurs next year.

With Jose Mourinho this week highlighting the need for better protection from referees for players after Burnley's Ashley Barnes' terrible tackle on Nemanja Matic, it's clear that this is a problem not restricted to only the Premier League.


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