Jamie Carragher explains why this Tottenham star is an easy target, reminds him of a young Wayne Rooney

The defender-turned-pundit says Dele Alli's aggressive side is reminiscent of the England captain early in his career and could get him into trouble.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that Dele Alli's aggressive side reminds him of a young Wayne Rooney and warned that it could get him into trouble as opposing players know how to wind him up, as quoted by the Daily Express.

Alli was involved in an altercation with West Bromwich Albion midfielder Claudio Yacob during the sides' draw on Monday night, and appeared to punch the Argentine in the stomach.

Earlier this season, in a Europa League tie with Fiorentina, the 20-year-old appeared to kick a Viola defender whilst he was on the ground after a tussle near by touchline.

Carragher believes that Alli has the same kind of hot-headedness that Rooney had in his early days for Everton, Manchester United, and England, as displayed by incidents such as the one against Portugal at the 2006 World Cup when he was sent off for kicking out at then-teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The defender-turned pundit said that although it would be a shame to see Alli lose that edge, it could get him into further trouble during his career as opponents see him as an easy target to wind up.

Carragher said, as quoted by the Express: "He's been involved in these things now and again. There was the Europa League game against Fiorentina earlier this season. You like the fact that he's got something about him [but] from the start of the game Yacob wound Alli up.

"Alli wasn't too happy about a challenge early on, so right from the start he fell into a bit of a trap. People will try and wind him up because they know he's got a bit of a short temper. There's a little right hook to the rib cage there.

"These were the type of situations Wayne Rooney was involved in earlier in his career. A fireband, who wanted to be involved and be very competitive. That's what Alli's like.

"Tonight, that match is going to be a massive learning curve for him. Situations like that, especially next season with Spurs in the Champions League, foreign referees, he's going to be in situations with people winding him up."

It is at least easy to see why Alli was feeling frustrated - the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion all but ended any realistic title hopes his side had left.

The result leaves them seven points behind leaders Leicester with just three matches remaining and means that all the Foxes have to do is match Spurs' result next weekend to win the title.

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