Alan Brazil has suggested on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (broadcast on 3rd October 2017; 7:26 am) that Dele Alli could argue that he was expecting to be clattered by the goalkeeper in the incident that led to the midfielder being booked during Tottenham's game against Huddersfield at the weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino's men went into the international break in some style as they claimed an emphatic 4-0 win over the newly-promoted side at the John Smith's Stadium, but the game also saw a moment of controversy.
Approaching the hour mark with Spurs 3-0 up, Alli was shown a yellow card after the referee deemed that he had dived to try and win a penalty as he took the ball past Terriers goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.
And while Brazil did not exactly defend the youngster - who has received plenty of criticism since the incident - he suggested that the former MK Dons man will probably argue that he was not trying to deceive the official, but was trying to avoid getting injured.
"There was no contact, was there? Here we go again, this is foot up when someone's going to head the ball, did he mean it or not, or a stamp, did he mean it or not," he said on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (broadcast on 3rd October 2017; 7:26 am).
"With the diving, it's so difficult. You could see what he's trying to do, trying to get a penalty but he could say, 'well, I dived because I thought he was going to clean me out.' This is the problem you've got."
If Alli was indeed trying to con the referee, then he undoubtedly deserves much of the criticism that has come his way, as, amongst other things, it was a completely unnecessary decision given the game situation.
Tottenham were cruising towards another three points so did not need to win a penalty at that stage, and Spurs fans will certainly not be happy if Alli picks up a suspension at a crucial stage later on in the season partially because of the yellow he received on Sunday.