BBC pundit names Tottenham star in team of week, delivers verdict on POTY chances
By Danny Wright
Garth Crooks named Dele Alli in his team of the week, but doesn’t think he’s done enough to be named player of the year.
The BBC pundit believes that Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante are the two most likely winners, but said that his colleague Jermaine Jenas was batting for Alli.
Crooks named the 20-year-old in his team of the week after an impressive display in the 4-0 win against Watford which saw him bag his 19th goal of the campaign in all competitions.
“[We] generally agreed that the prize [player of the year] would probably go to either to Eden Hazard or N’Golo Kante,” said Crooks on the BBC Sport website.
“Jermaine seemed incredulous that none of us had mentioned Alli and said that he wanted “more (flair) from his midfield players” which suggested that Kante came up short in that department as far as he was concerned.
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“A fair point and a perfectly reasonable assertion under the circumstances.
“I don’t think Alli will win the PFA Player of the Year even though Jermaine put together a very credible case.”
Hazard and Kante have won plaudits for their table-topping performances under Antonio Conte this season.
According to Paddy Power, Kante is favourite for the award, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku are all at shorter prices than Spurs duo Alli and Harry Kane.
Alli has played a major role in Spurs’ impressive campaign and, adding 10 assists to his 19 goals.
Spurs are second in the table, behind Chelsea, largely to the performances of Alli this season.
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