KARL’S DE­FENCE OF DEAL FOR ALLI

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

THE rep­u­ta­tion of 19-year-old mid­fielder Dele Alli grows with each pass­ing week, but MK Dons man­ager Karl Robin­son in­sists the £5m fee they re­ceived from Tot­ten­ham rep­re­sents good busi­ness.

Alli scored 16 goals in League One last term, but has hit the ground run­ning in the Premier League and bro­ken into Roy Hodg­son’s Eng­land squad.

How­ever, Robin­son in­sists Spurs did not get Alli for a bar­gain price.

“He could have gone for £2.5 mil­lion six months ear­lier,” he said. “We felt we dou­bled our value of him and got an amaz­ing deal.

“£5 mil­lion at that par­tic­u­lar time was a lot of money. No­body can ar­gue with that – I think it was very good fee.

“Five months on, we’re all here bit­ing our tongues and lips – sat here now, they got the best deal!

“But it is easy to now say ‘do you think you sold him too cheap’, but at that par­tic­u­lar time we didn’t.

“Alli was only 18 at the time when he was ac­tu­ally sold, and to be loaned back as well means I think it was a great deal for us.”

RIS­ING STAR: Dele Alli

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