Garth Crooks admits concern over Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, raves about wonderkid Dele Alli

Hugo Lloris Euro 2012 Penalty

Tottenham beat Southampton 2-0 on Saturday, earning praise from Garth Crooks in the process.

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that he has been concerned about Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, whilst praising Dele Alli.

After a shock home defeat to Newcastle United last weekend, Spurs bounced back with an impressive, comfortable win over Southampton on Saturday.

Goals from Harry Kane and Dele Alli handed Spurs all three points, taking them into fourth place in the Premier League table, with Mauricio Pochettino's men recovering from that Newcastle loss in real style.

The result handed goalkeeper Lloris and midfielder Alli a place in Garth Crooks' Team of the Week on BBC Sport, with the ex-Tottenham striker analysing his former club.

Crooks was hugely impressed with the performance of French goalkeeper Lloris, but admitted that he has been concerned with his displays of late, blaming him for a number of goals recently conceded by Tottenham.

"I have always had an enormous regard for Hugo Lloris but I have had some concerns recently," said Crooks. "Against Arsenal I held him responsible for their equaliser and again, against Newcastle, Thierry Henry spotted - and quite rightly - that Lloris had difficulty staying upright when under siege in the six-yard area."

"However, against Southampton he was back to his best showing no signs of insecurity with a fine save from Sadio Mane. But his save from James Ward-Prowse was so fantastic, even Jan Vertonghen gave him a hug to congratulate him. Good win - excellent clean sheet," he continued.

Crooks also raved about teenage wonderkid Alli, whose goal against Southampton was his fourth of a remarkable Premier League campaign.

The former MK Dons star has become an England international already this term, and Crooks hopes he keeps the same hard-working mentality, suggesting that Tottenham can qualify for the Champions League if their players remain focused.

"This kid is a real talent. I just hope he doesn't lose himself to the "fancy Dan" mentality that tends to accompany Tottenham players. If he and his colleagues can remain focused they are top-four contenders," he added.

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