Former youth coach of Dele Alli backs teenager to help Tottenham Hotspur back into the Champions League

The former MK Dons star has impressed early on at Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspur fans and staff have undoubtedly been impressed this season with the performances of new arrival Dele Alli. Signed in January for a reported £5 million, according to the BBC, the former MK Dons man stayed at the then League One club for the rest of the season.

He joined up with Spurs, after helping The Dons to Championship promotion, and impressed throughout pre-season. He has now been an impressive performer in the league for Tottenham as well – even scoring against Leicester City earlier in the campaign.

He is certainly looking like a star for the future and one man not surprised is his former youth coach at Milton Keynes Mike Dove. The MK Dons director of youth has been speaking to Sky Sports today and had this to say about the midfield maestro:

"He was with me and the U18s at the age of 16.

"He just looked bored. He needed challenging and that was too easy for him. In his second year of his apprenticeship he was pretty much full-time with the first team.

"It's not come as a surprise to me. He won't have gone in there cocky, but with his confidence and self-belief, he can fit into any environment.

"[He can go] all the way. Our club is only 10 or 11 years old, so in the academy we're looking at who will be our first Champions League player. I get the feeling it's going to be him. I'm really confident."

There is certainly hope around Tottenham that Alli can help guide the club back into the Champions League in the years to come.

For now, just getting a regular spot in the Spurs first-team will do for the midfield general.

Then the rest is at his feet.

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