Danny Murphy says Tottenham's Dele Alli needs to be a bit 'brighter'

Danny Murphy smiles during the Fulham press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League final match against Atletico Madrid at HSH Nordbank Arena on May 11, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has struggled for form this season.

(L-R) Former footballer Danny Murphy, Tim Burgess, lead singer of The Charlatans and former footballer Trevor Sinclair talk at half time on the BBC during the Emirates FA Cup Second Round...

Ex-Spurs ace Danny Murphy suggested that Dele Alli needs to become a bit 'brighter', when writing his regular column for the Evening Standard, highlighting the need for the youngster to cut diving out of his game.

The 21-year-old has struggled to emulate last season's fantastic performances this time around, and he has drawn more attention for his alleged diving than for his match-winning ability.

Dele Alli of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Dele has scored just five Premier League goals this season, compared to last term's 18, and he has undoubtedly become a more targeted figure, with opposition players seizing upon any opportunity they can to get under his skin.

Murphy, who made 29 appearances for Tottenham, explained why the Spurs star's reputation for simulation will begin to proceed himself if he is not careful, when writing his regular column for the Evening Standard:

Danny Murphy of Fulham looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and West Bromwich Albion at Craven Cottage on January 4, 2011 in London, England.

"The Tottenham man has to be a bit brighter, otherwise he will start to get a reputation. Look at the Manchester United game, when he was clearly fouled in the box by Chris Smalling but was denied a penalty. Would that have happened to a player who nobody considers to be a diver?"

There will be intense scrutiny on the former MK Dons man once again tomorrow, when Tottenham welcome Arsenal to Wembley for the North London Derby, and Spurs fans will be hoping that he makes all of the headlines, but this time for the right reasons.

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