Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has told The Sun that he knew midfielder Dele Alli 'had something special' well before his move to Tottenham.
Alli, 19, has been one of the breakout stars of the Premier League season, with his outstanding goal against Everton on Sunday just another incredibly moment in his campaign.
With five goals and four assists in all competitions this season, Alli has far exceeded expectations, and is quickly become a superstar under Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who oversaw the deal to sign him from MK Dons back in January 2015.
Alli spent the second half of last season on loan at MK Dons before joining up with Spurs over the summer, and in no time he was playing for England and scoring a wonder goal against France at Wembley in November.
Now, former MK Dons first team coach and ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright has told The Sun that he could see how special Alli was going to be during his time with the Dons.
Wright claims that Alli always stood out at MK Dons, and was impressed with the 'swagger' and confidence he had even at the age of 16, admitting that he was a huge fan of the midfielder well before he signed for Tottenham almost a year ago.
"I first saw Alli when I was coaching at MK Dons a few years ago and back then he was just a raw kid of about 16," said Wright. "Dons boss Karl Robinson had very high hopes for him and you could tell straight away he had something special about him."
"I suppose I shouldn’t have been too surprised by his rapid progress, because he certainly stood out at MK Dons, albeit at a lower level. When he started training with the first team you could see he felt he belonged. He had a swagger about him and wasn’t afraid to give the senior pros a stare if he felt they were taking liberties."
"I like that, because that mental toughness is often the thing that makes young players stand out from the rest.Alli was very comfortable in an environment that a lot of youngsters would find quite intimidating, certainly at first. He puffed his chest out and almost dared people to say he wasn’t ready," he added.
The sky appears to be the limit for Alli, who has been simply remarkable so far this season - and he may even win a starting role for England at Euro 2016 this summer, which would cap off a whirlwind year for Spurs' latest young sensation.