Alli has been a revelation in his first season in the top flight.

Dele Alli will miss the rest of the season after Claudio Yacob punch

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Dele Alli will miss the rest of the season after being banned for three games for punching Claudio Yacob.

The 20-year-old was caught on camera in the off-the-ball incident during Spurs' 1-1 draw with West Bromich Albion, and now he has received the expected punishment. 

He did not contest the charge of violent conduct. 


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Alli frustrated

Alli's petulance summed up a night of frustration as Tottenham effectively waved goodbye to their last hopes of winning the title, but that has not meant that the incident was looked upon leniently by football's governing body. 

Indeed, it is not the first moment of naivety that has seen Alli lash out. He was lucky to escape a Europa League ban for a kick in Tottenham's game against Fiorentina, and boss Mauricio Pochettino has repeatedly warned him to control his temper. 

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Even at MK Dons, manager Karl Robinson introduced sin-bins into training ostensibly for the whole team, but later revealed it was just a means of controlling the fiery midfielder. 

England boss Roy Hodgson also confirmed he would speak to the youngster after the punch, amid fears Alli could become a target for other teams wishing to provoke him into getting sent off at this summer's Euros. 

Time to reflect

For now, his season is over, so he will not feature in Tottenham's final three games against Chelsea, Southampton, and Newcastle, all of which could be crucial in the race for second place and a coveted finish above Arsenal. 

Yet, that leaves us to reflect what a debut season it's been for him in the top flight. 

One of the signings of the season, he scored 10 goals, including a memorable strike against Crystal Palace which will surely be a candidate for Goal of the Season. 

Despite his success this season, he is still learning, and this ban should hopefully only serve to speed up that process. 

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