Glenn Hoddle says Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli needs to learn to channel his aggression

Dele Alli has made a huge impact at Tottenham Hotspur since arriving during the summer transfer window.

Glenn Hoddle has told Unibet that Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli needs to learn to direct his aggression in a more positive manner.

Alli has been a relevation since arriving at White Hart Lane from Milton Keynes Dons in the summer, on the back of a deal initially struck in January.

The 19-year-old has been one of the standout midfielders in the Premier League to date, and he has become a fully established member of Tottenham’s first team, despite his inexperience.

However, Hoddle has spotted a fault in his game, and he feels that Alli needs to learn to start channeling his aggression in a more productive manner.

“I’ve been really impressed with Alli,” Hoddle said. “He’s a young man who wants to do well, he’s a good tackler and good at recovering the ball, but from what I’ve seen he just gets involved in silly things from time to time.

“He needs to channel his aggression better and let his football do the talking.”

Alli has been caught getting into squabbles with opposition players, and his disciplinary record has come into focus this week.

Alli picked up his fifth booking of the season against West Ham United in Tottenham’s most recent Premier League match, and that has ruled him out of the Lilywhites’ next fixture against Chelsea.

The England international’s absence is a huge blow for Tottenham, but Mauricio Pochettino will hope that the likes of Ryan Mason or Tom Carroll are able to step up to cover for the 19-year-old.

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