Dele Alli one of only three players nominated for Football League award

Tottenham-owned midfielder Dele Alli has been nominated for the Football League Young Player of the Year award.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli is up for the Football League Young Player of the Year Award, as reported by the Milton Keynes Dons official website.

Alli, 19, came up through the ranks with MK Dons and has been the heartbeat of their midfield this season, bagging 14 goals as Karl Robinson's side make a push for the Championship.

However, the teenager's exploits in League One triggered interest from a number of clubs, including Aston Villa and Newcastle United, but it was Tottenham who secured the youngster's signature on deadline day back in February.

One of the stipulations of the deal was that Alli would finish the season on loan at MK Dons before joining up with Spurs, but an ankle injury left him out of action for over a month.

Now back in the side, the Dons are chasing down second placed Preston, who sit in the second automatic promotion spot in League One heading into the final five games.

Alli has been instrumental in their success this season, and that has now been recognised after being nominated for the Football League Young Player of the Year Award.

Alli is just one of three players in contention, as he's joined in the running by Middlesbrough's Chelsea-owned striker Patrick Bamford, and Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond.

Tottenham will be delighted that Alli is in the running to win an award ahead of his White Hart Lane arrival, and it just underlines the huge potential Alli has; with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm for Spurs, he may just have the perfect manager to develop under, with the Argentine always placing his faith in young players.

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