Tuesday talent spotter: Dele Alli
Dele Alli is arguably the most promising English midfielder out there at the moment.
The MK Dons starlet is just 18-year-old and has been linked with a move to Liverpool as well as European giants Bayern Munich. Liverpool even saw a 3.5million bid rejected for him in the summer; Alli has been compared to the Reds’ talisman Steven Gerrard.
Born in Milton Keynes, and joining the club’s academy aged 11, he is a a real favourite at Stadium MK. His performances aren’t bad either; he made his debut for the Dons as a 16-year-old against Cambridge United in the FA Cup and displayed many audacious touches, before scoring a 35-yard screamer in his second game against Cambridge in the replay.
His playing style is that of an all-rounder, he possesses the composure and calmness on the ball, like Steven Gerrard, but also has great dribbling skills and likes to get forward; Alli himself has even joked that he is a cross between Gerrard and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure.
Alli has goals in him too, he scored a hat-trick against Crewe Alexandra last weekend and chairman Pete Winkelman said that he had not seen a better individual performance from any player at the club. He also played the full 90 minutes in the Dons’ 4-0 demolition of Manchester United.
The all-round midfielder has recently been called up to the England U19 squad as his ability and reputation continues to grow.
And the MK Dons fans may not have to fear too much about their losing their prized asset, Alli has signed a three year contract extension until 2017, and so if he is to go, clubs will have to bid a lot more than the 3.5million Liverpool did.
MK Dons take on Bradford City at home tonight where a lot of eyes will be on the youngster, Alli is set to start again following his impressive season so far in which he has scored six goals in 10 games so far.
The club and Alli are looking to build on their win over Man United as manager Karl Robinson is looking at the Capital One Cup in confident mood and is believing his side can go even further in the tournament.