Poster boy Dele Alli will leave a legacy

Dele Alli celebrates with Ian McLoughlin
Dele Alli celebrates with Ian McLoughlin

Securing promotion to the Championship on Sunday brought down the curtain on Dele Alli’s time with MK Dons in spectacular fashion.

The 19-year-old was sold to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in January, having taken the footballing world by storm during his 18 months in Dons’ first team.

Last week he was named Player’s Player of the Season at the Player of the Year awards, having scored 16 goals from central midfield.

Having come through the youth system to play in the first team, captain Dean Lewington paid tribute to the departing star.

“It’s sad that it’s his last game,” said Lewington.

“He’s a terrific young lad, and he’s come through our system.

“He is the poster of what we want to achieve.

“We want to promote local talent from Milton Keynes and get them in the first team. Hopefully, now we’ve made it up, we’re in with a chance of keeping players like him.

Manager Karl Robinson added: “Dele has moved on to bigger and better things.

“He’s got a move for millions and helped the club up. He’s certainly done that.

“Good luck to him for everything he wants to go on and achieve.”