John Giles criticises Tottenham's Dele Alli for diving against Huddersfield Town.
Former Manchester United and Leeds United player John Giles has severely criticised Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.
Alli has not been in prolific form this season, and has grabbed headlines in recent weeks for all the wrong reasons.
He will miss England’s World Cup qualifier match against Slovenia through suspension after his one-finger gesture in his last international game.
However, it is his blatant dive in Tottenham’s 4-0 victory against Huddersfield at the weekend that garnered reaction from the former Leeds player.
He said that Alli is a wonderful player, a game changer, but he can mess things up for the rest of his team players as well by doing something stupid.
The 76-year-old has criticised Alli for ‘cheating’ and also aimed a dig at Mauricio Pochettino for defending him so long.
Pochettino, however, did make a comment after Alli’s latest dive incident, but Giles believes the Argentine should have taken the matter seriously on previous occasions.
He adds that Alli should look to his teammate Harry Kane for a role model.
"This isn’t the first time I’ve found reason to grit my teeth where Dele Alli is concerned. He has a streak in him which is, to be blunt, nasty," said Giles in his column in the Irish Independent.
"At least this time Mauricio Pochettino called him out for an outrageous dive but I fear that he missed his chance to have a bigger impact on a formative mind when he failed to do so last season.
"Alli’s diving and – I won’t mince my words here – cheating have been an issue as long as he’s been in the Spurs first team and Pochettino defended him no matter what last year."
"It’s not just the diving. Alli has a habit of doing rash things and when I combine the two, I find a player who needs someone to tell him some harsh truths.
"He’s a wonderful player who can change a game in one instant or mess things up for the rest of his team in the next by doing something stupid and that’s not a recipe for greatness.
"He need only look to Harry Kane for a role model. Kane has all the fight and hunger you could ever ask from an attacking player and I don’t see him diving, or raking someone’s heel with a stud."