Mark Walsh says the midfielder was a natural athlete.
He joined Spurs in January before heading back on loan to former team Milton Keynes Dons. He helped the club to promotion to the Championship before joining up with Spurs in the summer.
He has since proved himself to be a good gamble from the North London club with some excellent performances in the Premier League which saw him rewarded with an England call-up.
"He was always very independent. We can't take much credit but we're pleased for him and his family.
"A few come in like prima donnas with aggressive parents but it wasn't that way with Dele. He came here with a few mates and he was a stand-out player with natural ability, a natural athlete."
The swashbuckling midfielder has certainly caught the eye this season for more than just his footballing ability. His attitude is tremendous. Cocky, but not to the point of arrogance, he is hard working and demonstrative on the football pitch.
Not only is he a fantastic up-and-down midfielder but he also showcases an immense dribbling propensity and plays the game like he is at his local park.
City Colts may not want to take any of the praise but this is where his journey started. Who knows where that journey might take him.