Alli must learn to deal with provocation, warns Tottenham legend Mabbutt

Dele Alli will shine if he deals with provocation, says Gary Mabbutt, who is happy to see him linked to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli sent off against Gent   -  Getty Images

Former Tottenham captain Gary Mabbutt says Dele Alli must learn to curb his temper if he is to realise his potential in Mauricio Pochettino's team.

Since moving to the Premier League from MK Dons, Alli has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence and is now a key player for club and country.

However, the England international has not always made headlines for the right reasons. 

His 2015-16 season was prematurely ended when he punched West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob to earn a three-match ban, while another red card against Gent last week stunted Tottenham as it suffered Europa League elimination.

And Mabbut says Alli – who scored in Sunday's 4-0 win over Stoke City – must recognise that provocation will continue to come his way.

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