Former MK Dons boss Paul Ince admits being disappointed with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli this week

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The midfielder looks set for a suspension after gutchecking Claudio Yacob.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has no doubt been a bright light of this season. The Spurs player has been a revelation since arriving from MK Dons permanently in the summer.

He has also gained a reputation for his nasty streak, which has been encouraged by many a pundit and fan this season.

But that aggressive streak boiled over into tempestuous immaturity on Monday when he threw a punch at West Brom wind-up merchant Claudio Yacob – which looks set to see Alli banned for Tottenham’s Premier League run-in.

Paul Ince never played Alli for the MK Dons first-team, but did check him out whilst the manager at the Stadium:mk. He was speaking to Sky Sports News HQ today (28/04/16) and he made it clear that he was not happy to see Alli getting involved in the incident:

“I remember going down to watch him on a Tuesday night, me and Karl (Robinson) went down.

“There was one or two players you would look at and think this kid has got a chance.

“What he did the other day, against West Brom, disappoints me. He doesn’t need to do it.

“He’s a young player who has got bags of ability and bags of talent. To do what he did, at this time of the season, could have damaged Tottenham’s title challenge.”

There I no doubt that that little bite and streak that Alli has is beneficial to his playing style and Tottenham Hotspur and England fans do not want to see it extinguished.

But he needs to learn when to keep his cool and not allow his emotions to get the better of him, like they did against West Brom.

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