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Alli Set The Example

23 September 2014

Davis impressed with MK Dons midfielder's game and attitude to his development

MK Dons’ chief tormentor on Saturday, Dele Alli, has shown young players the right way to reach his potential according to Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis. The highly-rated 18-year-old scored a hat-trick as Karl Robinson’s side inflicted a 6-1 defeat on the Railwaymen and although Davis was impressed with his all-round midfield performance, he was also pleased that Alli had decided to continue his development at the MK Dons.

Alli, who has been linked with a host of top clubs, including some from Europe, decided to extend his contract at MK Dons and continue to play in their first-team rather than move at such an age and perhaps get lost in someone’s mass squad of players.

With this country crying out for young players to be handed a chance to play regularly, the example of the England youth international is certainly one to look towards.

Davis says that the example of Alli’s loyalty will mean MK Dons will receive a healthy transfer fee when he does finally move and that he will be better equipped with more games under his belt.

Steve told “I was impressed with Dele Alli. He is a very talented player and he showed his potential against us as a good all-round attacking midfield player.

“What also impressed me about him was his decision to sign another contract with the club. He has been linked with a host of top clubs but he has decided to remain at the MK Dons and continue to learn the game. I think that is terrific and the right way to do things.

“I am sure as a club they are delighted with his attitude. He is a local and grown up with the club. He made his debut at 16 and got his chance there and he is looking to repay them when he finally does move.

“That is a lesson to our own. We had one recently who didn’t adopt that same attitude and has decided to move.

“I’m sure that when Dele is ready to move, he will be a great success and has a great future ahead of him.

  He added: “Fair play to him and the MK Dons must be very proud of him and the decision he has made. He should be a lesson to all young footballers.”

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