Tottenham-bound Dele Alli being compared to Patrick Vieira, says Karl Robinson

MK Dons

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson says people are comparing Tottenham-bound Dele Alli to Patrick Vieira.

Milton Keynes Dons moved up to second place in the League One table after a hard fought 1-0 win over Colchester United on Tuesday night.

The goal came from much talked about midfielder Dele Alli, with the teenager bagging the winning striker in the first half before being substituted though injury.

The 18-year-old has long been touted as one of England's brightest young prospects, and committed his future to Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.

Alli penned a five-and-a-half year contract with Spurs on deadline day just weeks ago, before being sent back to Milton Keynes on loan for the rest of the season.

The youngster will join up with Spurs this summer, but continues to be an influential figure in the Dons' push for promotion to the Championship.

Dons manager Karl Robinson is full of praise for Alli, and told the London Evening Standard that people in football have compared him to Patrick Vieira.

"I’ve heard people say he could be a Steven Gerrard or Patrick Vieira," says Robinson. "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," he added.

Vieira is of course a legend with Tottenham's North London rivals Arsenal, having hit more than 30 goals in over 400 appearances for the Gunners.

The Frenchman was known for being one of the most physically imposing midfielders of the Premier League era, and whilst he's still just a kid in football terms, Alli has the stature to be a similar type of midfielder, even if he will need to fill out somewhat at Tottenham.

If Alli does become the next Vieira, then Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs will be delighted to have landed Alli - even more so than they are already.

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