According to MK Dons boss Karl Robinson, a host of EPL giants passed on the chance to sign Dele Alli, despite the fact that he had a better League One than Bale and Walcott.
Karl Robinson was the man who handed Dele Alli his start at 16, and believes a host of EPL clubs passed on the chance to sign the young starlet.
Dele Alli has since won two caps for England and has been exceptional for Tottenham so far, and Karl Robinson has hailed him.
“A lot of big teams missed out,” he said. “Three teams said he wasn’t good enough, only 12 months ago.
“They were saying he’s only done it in League One, but that’s where Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did it and Dele’s record was better than all of them.
“We always said there would be a day when Dele outgrew our club, when the training and the games were not challenging him anymore. Last Christmas, we had a serious conversation in a hotel in Crewe when we agreed it was almost time.”
Robinson has been delighted by the youngster’s impact following his £5 million move to White Hart Lane in January and believes Alli is the complete footballer.
“There’s no arrogance in him,” Robinson said. “We had our debates. We’ve dealt with him strictly at times because discipline is important but he took everything on board. It’s a good sign.
“He’s grounded, and he plays football like every fan wants to see. He covers every blade of grass. He tackles, he scores goals. He is the modern-day all-action footballer.”