Charlie Nicholas claims Tottenham star Dele Alli's moment of brilliance reminded him of Dennis Bergkamp

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The midfielder was instrumental in helping Mauricio Pochettino's men mount a Premier League title challenge this past year.

Charlie Nicholas has claimed that Dele Alli's stunning strike in Tottenham's win over Crystal Palace in January was his goal of the season and suggested that it evoked memories of the kind of things that Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp would do, Sky Sports reports.

Despite beginning this past campaign with no Premier League experience, the 20-year-old has established himself as a key man in Mauricio Pochettino's squad over the past few months, and it was moments like the one that fans were treated to at Selhurst Park that helped him prove himself.

With the game well into the final 10 minutes, Alli's sublime first touch following a knockdown from his teammate allowed him to use his second touch to flick the ball over Mile Jedinak before volleying a wonderful effort into the bottom corner.

And while the pundit admitted that it was difficult to recognise Alli's strike as the best of the season given his allegiances to Spurs' bitter rivals, he conceded that it was a moment of magic that deserves all the plaudits that it gets.

"I'll go with Dele Alli against Crystal Palace, even though it pains me. It was like one of those Dennis Bergkamp moments where you think very few people can do that," he told Sky Sports.

Although Spurs fans will hate to admit it, putting Alli in the same category as Bergkamp for being able to create something that no-one would have anticipated is huge praise, especially considering that the England international was coming to the end of a season in League One at this time last year.

But the Tottenham midfielder has arguably surprised everyone with just how good he has been in the same way that Bergkamp often left fans stunned by some of the things he was able to do with the ball at his feet.

And with Alli's record in his first season looking eerily similar to the retired forward's first campaign at Highbury - both played 33 league games, with Bergkamp scoring one more goal than the 10 that Alli managed this past year - Pochettino will be hoping that the youngster goes on to make a similar impact over the course of his career to the one that Bergkamp made for their North London rivals. 

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