6 things you didn’t know about Arsenal and Liverpool target Dele Alli

Discover a little more about MK Dons latest star youngster

Dele Alli may only be 17 years old, but the young midfielder is already attracting major interest from Premier League pair Liverpool and Arsenal – but what do we know about him?

Emerging out of Milton Keynes last season, Alli is already seen as one of the best youngsters to emerge from Stadium MK and one that could ultimately depart the club for a significant transfer fee.

A move to Arsenal could see him follow in the footsteps of players like Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, while a transfer to Anfield would allow him to link up with similarly exciting youngsters like Raheem Sterling.

But with no decision likely until January at the earliest, here are a few facts to help you get to know one of English football’s hottest properties:

1) Alli made his debut appearance for MK Dons in an FA Cup tie with Cambridge United on November 2nd 2012, coming on as a substitute for winger Jay O’Shea. He was sixteen years old at the time.

2) The youngster didn’t have to wait too long for his first goal with the club, scoring in the replay of the Cambridge cup tie, with the Dons romping to a 6-1 victory.

3) Though only 17-years-old, Alli is already 6th 2in in height with plenty of room for growth.

4) Delli was part of England Under-17 squad for the recent UEFA Championship, though he failed to make much of an impact, playing three times, scoring no goals and receiving two yellow cards.

5) Despite this, MK Dons manager Karl Robinson holds the player in the highest regard, telling The Journal recently: “I think he’s better than Sam Baldock. He has more potential. I’ve seen nothing like Dele before.”

6) Born on April 11th, the attacking midfielder shares his birthday with Jeremy Clarkson, DJ Fresh and cricketer Ian Bell.

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