The Tottenham Hotspur star has been told to curb his aggressive streak by some.
Dele Alli celebrates after scoring the first goal for Tottenham
Dele Alli has undoubtedly emerged as a top talent for both England and Tottenham Hotspur throughout the 2015-16 season and is now set to star for England at Euro 2016.
There is absolutely no doubting his ability but one aspect of his game that has come under scrutiny is his mean streak.
The midfielder has been caught out for a few incidents since heading to the Premier League – not least his costly incident with Claudio Yacob of West Brom toward the end of the season.
It has seen many pundits and experts call on Alli to curb this side of his game, but one former team-mate who does not think that is a good idea is Alan Smith.
“You don’t want to take away the aggression Dele has got because it is a massive part of his game. He takes no prisoners and he wants to win.
“His mentality is of a driven person. It is about the balance, for me sometimes you can take away from the player and what makes him good if you are not careful.
England's Dele Alli during training
“If you go out thinking about it, it is probably taking away a bit more from your game. I am sure everybody in the squad knows what he is like and wants him to go out and express himself.”
Smith himself knows a thing or two about having a mean streak. He was sent off whilst playing for England against Macedonia in October 2002 and was never afraid to put himself into some hairy situations.
Alli does need to ensure he channels his mean streak in the right way if he does want to become a top star.
But the Tottenham star should never lose that edge which makes him so different to many of the other young talents out there today.