Spurs old boy Egdar Davids: Dele Alli does not deserve criticism

The PFA Young Player of the Year has caught the eye this season after a series of superb performances in the Tottenham midfield.

But he made the wrong type of impression on Claudio Yacob when he punched the West Brom player during Monday’s game at White Hart Lane.

Charged with violent conduct, Alli was handed a three-match ban by the FA earlier this week and will not play again this season.

Even so, Davids – nicknamed “The Pitbull” during a career that saw him play for Inter, Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan before a two-year-spell at Spurs – believes the young midfielder has been the find of the season.

And he reckons Alli’s ban could be a blessing in disguise – firstly, because the England man, 20, needs to curb his temper and, secondly, because he is danger of burnout due to the dual demands of club and international football.

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