Yesterday’s game between Palace and Tottenham Hotspur ended in late heartbreak for the Eagles but it was Dele Alli rather than goalscorer Harry Kane whose name was on everyone’s lips as the final whistle sounded.
Dele Alli diving again. Pathetic. pic.twitter.com/f3pJZz0L6t
— FPL Dino (@FPLDino) February 25, 2018
Whilst Mauricio Pochettino’s men were undoubtedly the more dominant attacking force over the course of the 90 minutes, it took until the 88th for the visitors to break the deadlock, having not been helped by Alli’s theatrical attempt to win a penalty with time ticking down in the latter stages of the second half.
Plenty of talking heads across the English game have scrutinised Alli’s approach to winning free-kicks and penalties in recent times and yesterday, he prompted people to place him under the microscope once again after beginning to fall to the turf long before Eagles’ stopper Wayne Hennessey made contact with his knee.
Spurs fans have been quick to point out that contact was eventually made with the opinion-splitting midfielder but even so, the mere suggestion of an attempt to deceive the match officials has sent tongues wagging and prompted those in red and blue to directly take a pop at Alli for his actions.
I dare say some will be frothing at the mouth when discovering that Dele chose to make a “1-0” sign with his hands when confronted by Patrick van Aanholt at full-time but similarly, I would imagine Tottenham fans will love the fact that one of their key players took such joy in winding up the opposition after helping to secure a massive victory on enemy soil.
At the time of writing, the video of Alli’s alleged dive that I’ve attached above was still available for all to watch and if it remains that way, you can decide about his conduct for yourself. Personally speaking, I can’t help but feel as though Wilfried Zaha would have been booked for falling in the fashion that the England man did but when all is said and done, that remains pure speculation on my part.
What are your thoughts?