Dele deal inflated Dons’ agents fee figure

Dele Alli
Dele Alli

Dele Alli’s transfer to Tottenham Hotspur last January is the key contributor to MK Dons spending nearly £700,000 on agents fees in the last 12 months.

The 19-year-old’s high profile move to north London makes up around 80 per cent of the £672,371 of the spend from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

On the grand scheme, there are seven clubs in the Championship who spent less money on agents over the last year, with top spenders Cardiff reaching £2.8 million.

As part of Alli’s £5 million transfer to White Hart Lane, Dons footed the bill for his agent. And removing that, Robinson believes his club would be among the lowest spenders in the division.

“Our figures are little bit overshadowed by the Dele deal,” he said. “That’s probably 85 per cent of it. That was part of the deal, we had to pay the agent fee, I believe. I didn’t get involved with the money side, but I know a lot of it was because of that deal. Other than that, we’d have one of the lowest. It’s mostly Dele’s fault!

“It’s amazing what agents earn in modern day football. It’s a lot of money. There are some good ones out there, but equally some bad ones. But we need them. It’s their job to command the biggest fee for their player, and if we want their player, we have to pay them too. It’s the nature of the industry.”

The role of an agent isn’t just to tout players for transfers though, They’re also involved in cancelling contracts, helping players leave clubs and with contract negotiations.

Dons had many players waiting on new deals based on whether they secured promotion to the Championship last season, and worked over the summer to secure the likes of Dean Lewington, Dean Bowditch and David Martin to new deals to keep them at stadium:mk - all of which will have commanded a fee to agents.

Robinson added: “It’s not always bringing in players, but also getting rid of players. There are so many different ways in which an agent can work for a football club. It takes into account renegotiation of contracts too.

“Some agents give value for money. Some agents get paid differently. Some clubs don’t pay it as an agent fee. We’re very up front.

“I don’t want people to get carried away with the figure.”

Full run down of figures released by the Football League