Former Manchester United and West Ham United defender Rio Ferdinand has told talkSPORT that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli should be allowed to make mistakes.
Alli is one of the best young players in the Premier League and has been in superb form this season.
The England international midfielder, though, has shown a mean streak from time to time this campaign, and this could land him in trouble.
During the Premier League game between Tottenham and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on Monday evening, Alli was caught on camera punching Claudio Yacob.
Ferdinand has suggested that it was a mistake from the 20-year-old, and that he will learn from it.
The former Leeds United centre-back has compared the Spurs youngster in this respect to Everton defender John Stones, who has been criticised this season for taking too much time on the ball and taking unnecessary risks at the back.
“It’s like John Stones, this is a learning curve. he is only 19, 20 years old,” the former England international told talkSPORT when asked about the Alli incident on Monday evening. “He has got to be allowed to make mistakes, I think.
“These kids can’t be perfect just coming into the spotlight. You can’t be perfect straightaway. You have got to be allowed to make mistakes.”
Ferdinand does make a valid point about the likes of Stones, who is just 21 years of age, and Alli being allowed time to develop and learn from their mistakes.
The problem is that in a results business, a mistake from a youngster could cost a team three points.
Both Stones and Alli need to understand that they will have to try their best not to make the same mistake again and again.