‘What can’t this boy do?’ asks Robbo

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Karl Robinson is running out of words to describe Dele Alli after he scored his first professional hat-trick in the 3-1 win at Notts County.

The 17-year-old, who burst on to the scene this season, netted his first just two minutes into the game, before adding one shortly after half time and then in stoppage time to move Dons within three points of Peterborough in sixth.

On Saturday, Robinson said Alli could be the best player to ever wear and MK Dons shirt, and he echoed the sentiments again on Tuesday night.

“The stats speak for themselves,” he said. “Wow. He’s 17 and scores a hat-trick. His smile is from ear to ear.

“You forget how young he is. His maturity is astounding. To speak to the press at 17 - Stephen Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen all did that. He will be up there with them.

“He’s unique. I know what young players possess, and I’ve worked with some of the best players in the world in the Premier League. What can’t he do? He’s going to be tall, he scores, he wins tackles. What more do you want?”

Fans have been debating whether Alli could be the best yet, with names like Keith Andrews, Jason Puncheon and Patrick Bamford all touted as the top player.

But Robinson believes Alli is still at the top.

He said: “They’re all iconic names. Keith was 27 when he was here, Punch was 23, 24. Patrick did wonderfully well for us too but this kid...

“When you put his age, performances and now his goals into account, what can’t he do?”

Dons preparation for the game against Notts County was thrown into turmoil before they even arrived at Meadow Lane, with traffic delaying the coach, meaning they didn’t arrive until 45 minutes before kick off.

“We got here 45 minutes late and we wanted to get it delayed, but it would’ve meant a fine. And we’re not the most affluent of football clubs! I would’ve been summoned to the chairman’s office!

“We let the players down but they got us out the mire.”