Ex-Aston Villa youngster Carruthers to replace Tottenham-bound Alli, confirms Karl Robinson

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has confirmed ex-Aston Villa youngster Samir Carruthers has been lined up as Dele Alli's replacement.

It's well known by now that Milton Keynes Dons prodigy Dele Alli will be linking up with Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season having completed a deadline day deal with the Premier League club.

Alli, 18, has emerged as one of the top English prospects in the Football League, and with 14 goals from midfield this season, it's no surprise to see him make the jump to the top flight.

Tottenham have agreed to loan Alli back to MK Dons until the end of the season, when he will finally join up with Tottenham, working under manager Mauricio Pochettino - who is known to put his faith in young players.

In the meantime, Alli will be hoping to play a big part in MK Dons season as they push for promotion to the Championship, even if he will be sidelined for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.

After beating Peterborough United 3-0 on Saturday, Robinson confirmed to Citi Blog MK that he already has Alli's replacement at the club - Samir Carruthers.

"I actually signed him because I thought we were going to lose Dele in the summer," said Robinson. "So in some ways we bought him to replace Dele, we didn’t think Dele would last the full season with us so it just shows you our planning and preparation was right."

Carruthers, 21, was previously on the books at Arsenal and Aston Villa, but after a strong loan spell with MK Dons last season, Robinson decided to sign him permanently in the summer.

Predominantly a winger who can also play as an attacking midfielder, Carruthers may well be relied up on for goals from midfield when Alli moves on.

Carruthers played just three times for Villa despite having potential, but if he can replicate Alli's success, he may well be back at a higher level sooner rather than later.

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