17-year-old midfield starlet will cost Arsenal or Liverpool 'millions'

MK Dons

Dele Alli is hotly tipped as a star of the future ... but MK Dons insist he would not be leaving on the cheap.

This week 17-year-old ‘monster’ Dele Alli has found himself the talk of the town at MK Dons - with big name Premier League clubs ready to step in and snap him up from the Buckinghamshire club.

Described as having similar attributes to Everton’s Belgian powerhouse Marouane Fellaini, the player is said to be wanted by both Arsenal and Liverpool.

You can understand why.

The giant teenager is only going to get bigger, and he also has a level of technical proficiency not often demonstrated by players so young - and big in stature.

On Tuesday night he starred in a League Cup victory over Northampton.

After the game MK Dons manager Karl Robinson spoke in glowing terms over his performance.

"Personally I don't think he's for sale. It's going to take millions. I don't want to sell him; the chairman doesn't want to sell him. There will be a day that we have to. The kid is destined to be a great, great player. But great players have a time span they have to go along. His performance against Northampton, that's scary. At 17 years of age to do that. Sam Baldock at that age wasn't conducting himself as Dele has just done."

Alli has now started both games for MK Dons this season so is surely set for a season playing regular football in League One.

So should Arsenal and Liverpool make a move for the player?

Well yes is the short answer. He certainly seems to have all the attributes of a player that could go on to become a future star for club and even country, but I hope he doesn’t make the move.

MK Dons have a reputation for playing the ‘right’ football and always being competitive at the top-end of the League One table - even if Championship promotion has so far eluded them.

At 17-years-old I personally feel Alli would see his career served better if he stayed at least another year in the Football League, rather than join the growing list of talented English players who make the step up to the big time too soon - and end up on the scrapheap.

So is he worth millions for Liverpool and Arsenal - I’d say yes.

Just, hopefully, not yet.

image: © Liam Daly

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