Pundit: Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Chelsea was the birth of a special player

Garth Crooks was delighted to see Dele Alli produce in a big game for Tottenham Hotspur after his double against Chelsea

Garth Crooks believes Dele Alli’s performance in Tottenham’s 2-0 win against Chelsea on Wednesday night was the birth of a special player.

The England midfielder broke the deadlock in added time at the end of the first half at White Hart Lane after Alli got on the end of Christian Eriksen’s cross and nodded past Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder extended the north London side’s lead in the second half with another close-range header to take his tally to 10 goals in 19 appearances in the Premier League this term.

Alli’s promising talent was acknowledged last season after the Spurs man won the PFA young player of the year following a return of 10 goals in 33 games in his first season in the English top flight.

But Crooks was particularly pleased to see Alli producing a dominant performance against one of Tottenham’s big rivals.

“What a performance by Dele Alli. It has been some time since I’ve seen a Tottenham midfield player show so much composure in front of goal,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“I have always maintained that I’ve only seen Alli perform in games of lesser importance rather than the really big matches.

“However they don’t get much bigger than Spurs against Chelsea when the Blues are going for a record number of victories and to cement their lead at the top of the table.

“This was not only a great performance by Spurs but, for me, the birth of a special player.”

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Tottenham moved up to third place in the Premier League table and eight points behind leaders Chelsea.

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