It seems that if Newcastle are able to pull off the signing of 18 year-old MK Dons central midfielder Dele Alli, they would need to loan him back to MK Dons for the rest of the season, just as we did when we signed Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow from Nottingham, and loaned them back to Forest for a season long loan.
Dele Alli – 18 year-old MK Dons midfielder
That seems to be one of the things that’s worrying Dons’ manager Karl Robinson, with there being one week left in the January transfer window.
This is what Karl said yesterday:
“The big stumbling block in the transfer fee is that we will want him straight back on loan. I think he is scoring or assisting one in two games from center midfield.”
“We lost Benik Afobe who scored 19 goals, we just can’t keep doing that and competing.” “Alli wants to go somewhere where he can play, he wants to play in the Premier League and he has an idea where that may be.”
“He can be as good as he wants to be, he has got everything. He is special. Sometimes you talk about young players and there is not many things other than his left foot that he needs to improve.”
We hope it’s Newcastle where he thinks he can play first team football, and of course we have the case of Ayoze Perez who spurned Real Madrid and Barcelona for Newcastle because he though he could get first team games on Tyneside.
This season Perez has played 25 times for the Newcastle first team this season with 5 goals.
And that’s one big advantage Newcastle have over some of the top clubs – like Liverpool – who also want to sign the 18 year-old.
MK Dons are expecting to lose their top youngster – probably this month – but it seems it would be easy enough to loan him back to MK Dons for the rest of the season.
MK Dons won 2-0 at home over the weekend to Barnsley and Alli scored his 12th goal in the division in 25 games played this season, and they are now only 3 points behind Bristol City in second place, and an automatic promotion spot.
When Robinson was asked whether he thought he could keep Alli at MK Dons this month he said:
“No – probably not”
So he must be close to signing for some club – and we hope that’s Newcastle United.
Since making his debut for the first team as a sixteen year-old back in November 2012, in a 0–0 draw with Cambridge in the FA Cup, he has appeared 74 times for the first team with 20 goals and 9 assists – not bad for this 6’2″ tall 18 year-old.
He would be a terrific signing for Newcastle.
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