Wonderkid Dele Alli: Seven things about the Newcastle and Liverpool target

NEW GERRARD ... Dele Alli.
NEW GERRARD ... Dele Alli.

NEWCASTLE United are linked with a move for MK Dons wonderkid Dele Alli – but just who is the 18-year-old who has several clubs vying for his signature?

The in-demand youngster has been heavily scouted by Newcastle and Liverpool after a series of impressive displays for the League One club.

Here are seven things you need to know about Dele Alli:

1. Dele Alli, full name Jermaine Bamidele Alli is an 18-year-old midfielder who has represented England at U17, U18 and U19 level. His father is Nigerian.

2. Alli is a Liverpool fan and states his idol is Steven Gerrard. Ironically, he has been dubbed the next Gerrard.

3. The midfielder first joined the club at 11 and broke into MK Dons’ first team in the 2012/2013 season, becoming a regular fixture in the squad the following season. He currently has 73 appearances under his belt with 19 goals in all competitions.

4. However, he left MK Dons after a couple of weeks when he was 11 as he believed Chelsea were interested in him. He was persuaded to return a year later.

5. His first touch in professional football was an audacious backheel pass after coming on as a substitute against Cambridge City in an FA Cup game.

6. He is no stranger to scoring, bagging his first senior goal at 16 with a 35-yard wonder strike in an FA Cup replay against Cambridge. Alli has two hat-tricks to his name, the first coming in a 3-1 win for the Dons away to Notts County. He picked the man of the match award after his second in a 6-1 win at home to Crewe Alexandara.

7. Alli starred in MK Dons 4-0 drubbing of Manchester United and was watched by scouts from Liverpool and Bayern Munich, with Arsenal and Spurs among a host of other clubs interested.