Garth Crooks sends warning to Tottenham over Dele Alli

Garth Crooks ponders whether Tottenham Hotspur will keep hold of their gem, Dele Alli

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Garth Crooks has questioned whether Tottenham Hotspur will be able to resist big-money offers for Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are being increasingly talked up as title contenders after a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening.

Spurs have unearthed a gem in Alli and have an exceptional striker in Harry Kane

Garth Crooks

Kane equalised in the second half after Jan Vertonghen’s own goal at Selhurst Park before Alli and Nacer Chadli sealed three points.

The England midfielder’s strike was the pick of Tottenham’s goals after Alli managed to flick the ball over a Palace defender before he smashed a volley past Wayne Hennessey from outside the area.

Writing in his BBC Sport column, Crooks heaped praise on the 19-year-old box-to-box midfielder but warned Spurs to expect some interest in their rising talent.

“Well, I’ve seen some glorious goals scored in my time watching football matches but I doubt whether I will see a goal scored with such individual flair, and by a 19-year-old, as Dele Alli’s goal at Selhurst Park – it was sheer class,” Crooks said.

“Now, here’s the thing. Spurs have unearthed a gem in Alli and have an exceptional striker in Harry Kane.

“However, the question I pose is: are Spurs prepared to ignore the obvious requests that are bound to come in from clubs with deep pockets, now and in the future, and seriously build on the squad they have and go for the title everyone keeps telling me they are capable of winning?”

Alli has scored six times and has made three assists in 20 Premier League games so far this season.

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