The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

I’M sure Tot­ten­ham have kept tabs on Dele Alli be­fore sign­ing him for £5m this week. With 18 goals in his first 60 games, it would be hard not to.

The MK Dons mid­fielder is a great tal­ent and when you’ve al­ready scored a hat-trick in League One by the age of 18 – as he did against Crewe – it’s ob­vi­ous you’re des­tined for bet­ter things.

This sea­son he’s the top-scor­ing mid­fielder out­side the Pre­mier League. He’s got a good physique, good pace. In the mod­ern game, what you look for in a mid­fielder is a) a good all round game and b) an abil­ity to con­trib­ute goals. Alli ob­vi­ously ticks those boxes.

That said, I’d ar­gue £5m was too much. I don’t think he’s done enough in the game yet to war­rant a tag like that. I think £2.5m plus ap­pear­ance-re­lated ex­tras would have been more sen­si­ble be­cause no­body is a sure thing at 18.

But fair play to MK Dons for do­ing a good bit of busi­ness and it’s great that Alli’s been loaned back. That’ll keep his feet on the ground.

My only worry now is that a ris­ing Bri­tish star gets lost in the sys­tem. Tot­ten­ham have no short­age of mid­field­ers – Chris­tian Erik­sen, Ryan Ma­son, Moussa Dem­bele, Benjamin Stam­bouli. None of them are re­tir­ing any time soon.

It’ll re­ally test Alli to break into that lot. I just hope Spurs be­lieve in him enough to give him a chance.

TAL­ENT: Dele Alli

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