Tottenham Hotspur star Ryan Mason highlights this overlooked part of Dele Alli's game

Nathan Baker and Ryan Mason

The Spurs midfielder enjoys the aggression Alli has in his game.

Tottenham Hotspur will have to take on Chelsea this weekend without one of their best performing players at the moment.

Dele Alli is out of action for the game with the reigning champions Chelsea after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the game with West Ham United last weekend.

His absence will be felt by Spurs, who have worked wonders with his precocious talent this term.

However one man who is not disappointed to see Alli pick up the suspension too much is his team-mate Ryan Mason.

Alli was booked v The Hammers after confronting West Ham captain Mark Noble after he had hit Harry Kane with a strong tackle. The teenager has shown a real bite to his displays and is not afraid to get in the faces of more experienced pros.

Mason spoke about that trait to the London Evening Standard today, stating:

"It shows the strength and character we have on the pitch, that someone gets a bad tackle and a team-mate is willing to go and get a booking and stick up for them,” he said. “I’d never tell a player not to back his team-mate because it’s part of being together.

“All the good teams in the past have come together at times like that. If there is a bad tackle everyone is around [the incident]. Some people might see it as a bad thing but to me it shows strength and character."

Alli is certainly not afraid to get stuck in himself, just ask Morgan Scheiderlin or Paul Pogba, and it is trait that has seen him compared to the likes of Steven Gerrard in the past.

He seems to have the balance between aggression and bite just right at the moment but, in the future, he might want to pick up his suspensions before less crucial fixtures.

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