By Guy Giles

The man who oversaw Dele Alli’s emergence as a professional footballer, Karl Robinson, has revealed what he believes is behind the rise of the Tottenham and England star.

Ex-MK Dons boss Robinson was in charge when Alli began his rise to the top of English football, and handed him his debut at the age of 16.

Alli developed into one of England’s brightest teenage footballers under Robinson, who is currently manager at Charlton, and now he has revealed what he thinks is behind Alli’s meteoric rise.

Speaking to, he said: “Dele had that thing that made him stand out. He was six foot and lean – he was like a 1,500m runner. He joins in pre-season training and breaks all the running records. I thought ‘Yeah, we’ve got something special here now.’

“Then he had self-belief and self-confidence, and the rest is what he does in pivotal moments. It’s all about those moments: it’s not all about the talent, or how good you are.

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“It’s about the moment. And when the moment arrives, producing the magic.”

Alli has certainly produced the magic for Spurs as he has made his way from unproven prospect to England regular and big-game winner.

His £5million price tag represents a massive steal for the North London club, with the youngster now one of world football’s most-sought after players.

Alli has now made 109 appearances under Mauricio Pochettino, scoring 39 goals and providing 25 assists.

His form for Spurs has led to him becoming a key player for England, earning 22 caps for his country so far and scoring two goals.

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