Starlet ‘ready’ to wow Tottenham

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson is sure that Dele Alli is ready to step up to life in the Premier League when he officially becomes a Spurs player this summer.

The 18-year-old agreed a £5m move to the London club during the last transfer window, but a part of the agreement sees him back with the League One outfit for the remainder of the season.

Although still a teenager, Alli is hailed as one of the third tier’s best players and has already notched a staggering 13 goals this term from midfield.

His rangy playing style has drawn comparisons with Steven Gerrard, while his talents have also been on show at international level in England’s U-17, U-18 and U-19 teams.

Despite his age and the considerable leap to the top of the footballing ladder, Parkinson is sure that Alli has what it takes, and that he will not lose focus:

“I’ve heard people say he could be a Steven Gerrard or Patrick Vieira,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“He’s six foot two, a natural eight and there’s something about him: tremendous athleticism, tenacity and drive. He does most things. He’s ready. He has 13 goals and five assists, above any 18-year-old this League has seen. He also dominates games at an international level for his own age.

“Tottenham are speaking to us on a constant basis regarding his development. Alli will not lose his head now that he is a Tottenham player. No chance.”