By support

5th Jan, 2017 | 9:59am

Garth Crooks names Tottenham duo in TOTW, claims birth of a special player

By Harvey Byrne

Garth Crooks has named Tottenham duo Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld in his team of the week.

The north London club brought Chelsea’s winning record to an end on Wednesday evening with a 2-0 victory which saw two goals from Alli.

Alderweireld played the full 90 minutes in his side’s crucial victory, helping keep a clean sheet in a back three against top class attackers Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.

Meanwhile, Alli played 86 minutes of the clash before being brought off for Moussa Sissoko with the England international’s goals proving decisive.

BBC pundit Crooks was particularly pleased with the performance of the 20-year-old attacking midfielder and claimed it was the “birth of a special player.”

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

“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.”

Alli had come under some criticism earlier in the campaign after failing to replicate the form which saw him named last season’s PFA Young Player of the Year alongside being named in the Team of the Year.

However, his recent performances have seen him bag an impressive seven goals in his last four appearances for the club.

This has brought his total up to 11 goals and four assists in 25 appearances in all competitions and fans will now be hoping his fine form continues as they hold their own title aspirations.

In other Tottenham news, Jermaine Jenas believes this Spurs midfielder was immense against Chelsea, not Alli.