Dele Alli's former teammate Gary MacKenzie has claimed that it was obvious even when the future Tottenham star started training with the MK Dons first-team at just 15 that he was destined for the top, The Scottish Sun reports.
The 20-year-old surprised many by establishing himself as an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino's squad during his first season at White Hart Lane, but MacKenzie - who played alongside the midfielder on a couple of occasions before he left Stadium mk in 2013 - has claimed that his emergence in the Premier League will have come as no shock to anyone at their former club.
"When Dele came in for the first time we all looked at each other as if to say, 'this boy's got it'," he told The Scottish Sun.
"Dele had no fear. He would go charging into all the senior pros without a second thought.
"They would give him a slap to try and put him in his place, but he just kept coming back for more.
"It was that attitude more than his ability that initially stood out for me."
Despite stepping up two divisions, Alli has shown no signs of being out of place at the highest level. His form was a key reason why Spurs put themselves in the title picture this past season.
Only Harry Kane scored more than the 10 strikes that the youngster managed, while only Christian Eriksen contributed more assists in the top flight.
And that form has seen him force his way onto the international scene where he has similarly taken little time to adjust to his surroundings, as he scored a screamer in a friendly with France last year to ensure that Roy Hodgson had no choice but to take him to the European Championships.
And given how he previously adjusted to the Premier League with the same ease with which he adapted to training with the MK Dons first-team at 15 years of age, it will surely not be a surprise to MacKenzie if his former teammate ends up grabbing everyone's attention in France this summer.