Karl Robinson has run out of words to describe hat-trick hero Dele Alli.
The 18-year-old has capped a special week in his career, signing a new contract to keep him at stadium:mk until the summer of 2017, picking up the Young Player of the Year award for August before netting three times in the 6-1 crushing of Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
“We’ve gone past words now,” said Robinson when asked to sum up Alli’s performance. “
“The chairman said it was the best individual performance he’s ever seen. It was reminiscent of Sam Baldock’s hat-trick against Chesterfield. And he’s getting better and better.
“The fans have a local hero to be proud of. He’s worth millions. There are players at this level who have gone for millions. I keep saying, he’s only 18. You’ll never find another Dele Alli at this level.
“He plays like he’d play on the school playground.”
While Alli stole the headlines with his trio, Will Grigg, Benik Afobe and Ben Reeves also put their names on the score sheet against a poor Crewe side, whose only register on the game would be Kyle McFadzean’s own goal.
Robinson said: “I thought we were very, very good. We’re a team that is always on the front foot, and today we did it so much better.
“I didn’t have to say much to them, just well done.
“People would have looked at the team and wondered why I didn’t make more changes, but we had to be brave and we were.
“We talk about Dele, but Will Grigg and Benik Afobe between them must be in double figures. It’s really good for the club to have that many goals between three players. We missed it last season, now we have an edge.”
The result sees Dons climb the League 1 table to second, leap-frogging Peterborough who lost to Yeovil. And Dons take on league leaders Bristol City next Saturday, making for a thrilling encounter.
Robinson said: “We’ve got to go to the league leaders next week. It’s a nice thing to look at the table, and it’ll give us the motivation to move on to the next game.
“We’ve got a game against Bradford to settle the scores that weren’t right on Tuesday.”