Sunderland icon Gray has told Alli to remain wary when off enjoying himself after pictures emerged of the Spurs star drunk on holiday
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli ‘earned’ the chance to cut loose but must be ‘more careful’ when enjoying himself on holiday, Micky Gray has told talkSPORT.
Pictures emerged on Friday morning of Alli being carried away after appearing to collapse on a sun lounger on the Greek island of Mykonos.
The midfielder, 23, had allegedly been drinking in 33 degree heat before passing out.
And Gray, speaking to talkSPORT, admits it’s difficult for high-profile players to keep out of the spotlight during the off-season.
“I’m not going to sit hear and say that football hasn’t changed,” Gray told the Sports Bar. “We all keep talking about it every single day.
“But social media wasn’t around when I was around. You could go and let your hair down for a couple of weeks. You could go on a lads holiday.
“But eventually it’s grown into the game and there are people with phones all over the world.
“So wherever [players] go on holiday, they know there’s an eye on them looking at what they are doing.
“Now if Dele is drunk… he probably didn’t think he was going to find himself on the front pages of the newspaper – but he has done now.
“So an answer has got to come from himself or from the club or he might find himself going back to pre-season and be in big trouble.”
He continued: “You’ve worked your socks off for ten months of the season, got to a Champions League final.
“I’m not saying he’s played every single week but you go on holiday and he’s probably thought to himself: ‘I have earned these two weeks of holiday and I can do what I want. When the season starts, I won’t be doing this kind of thing’.
“He’s probably thinking: ‘Please don’t take a photograph and let me enjoy myself’.
“But it’s there. social media is there now. You HAVE to be careful all 12 months of the year.”