Alli: Palace stunner was pure natural instinct

Rising Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli has told FourFourTwo that his wonder-strike at Crystal Palace came naturally to him.

It was just natural instinct to flick it over and finish it off. Thankfully I caught it cleanly and it went in

The 19-year-old, who has scored seven goals in 26 league appearances since arriving from MK Dons for £5 million last summer, underlined his status as one of the Premier League’s breakthrough talents with a stunning individual finish at Selhurst Park at the end of January.

With Mauricio Pochettino’s side tied at 1-1 with the south Londoners, Alli received Christian Eriksen’s knock-down, nonchalantly flicked the ball over both his and Mile Jedinak’s head and smashed the ball home from 20 yards to keep the Lilywhites’ hopes of securing a first top-flight title since 1960/61 alive.

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Speaking exclusively to FourFourTwo about his his top three goals in 2015/16, the youngster said: “That was all just natural instinct. We were looking for the win and pushing on them [Palace], and it was just natural instinct to flick it over and finish it off. Thankfully I caught it cleanly and it went in.”

Watch Dele Alli describe his goal at Goodison Park against Everton and maiden England strike at Wembley in the video below, and read the exclusive interview with Alli in the April 2016 issue of FourFourTwo magazine, available now.

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Photography: Shamil Tanna