Dele Alli Midfielder 2007 - 2015


10-07-

Deli, whose full name is Bamidele Jermaine Alli, was born in Milton Keynes on 11 April, 1996. He was a Liverpool fan when he was growing up and his childhood hero was Steven Gerrard.

He joined the MK Dons Academy in 2007 when he was 11 and made his first team debut on 2 November  2012, as a substitute in the 0-0 FA Cup tie draw against Cambridge City. But he had to wait another 11 days to score his first goal in the first team in the replay at Stadium:MK which the Dons won 6-0.

He made his league debut in the 2–3 defeat to Coventry City at home on 29 December, 2012 but his only other league appearance that season was as a second-half substitute for Patrick Bamford in the very  last game, a 2–0 win at Stevenage.

The 2013–14 season saw Dele play in first team on a regular basis. He started the Dons' first league game of the season, a 0–0 draw away at Shrewsbury Town.and in his first Football League Trophy appearance, hescored to help the Dons beat Northampton Town 2–0. On 28 September,he scored his first professional league goal in the 4–1 defeat of Stevenage.

Injury kept him out of the team during the last two months of 2013 but when he returned he quickly established himself as a first-choice player.

He made 37 appearances in all competitions during the 2013–14 season, scoring 7 times, with 33 appearances and 6 goals in League One.

When Stephen Gleeson left for Birmingham in June 2014, Dele became the first-choice central midfield partner to Darren Potter.

His first goal of the 2014–15 season came in the first away league game, a 3–2 defeat to Peterborough United, where he scored a tap-in from Will Grigg's deflected shot.

On 26 August, Alli played the full 90 minutes in the League Cup second round as the Dons recorded their historic 4–0 win over Manchester United. Numerous  

scouts from top clubs across Europe attended the game were reported be have been there to watch him play, including ones from Bayern Munich and Liverpool.

But it was Tottenham Hotspur who were to sign him three months later on 2 February 2015 in the last hours of the mid-season transfer window on a five-and-a-half-year deal for an initial fee of £5 million.

He was loaned back to the Dons for the remainder of the season.and on 19 April he was named the Young Player of the Year at the Football League Awards.

He made his debut for England against Estonia on 9 October 2015, coming on as a late substitute for Ross Barkley in a 2–0 win. He made his first start against France at Wembley on 17 November, scoring the first goal in a 2-0 win. Since then he has been a regular for the national side.