Date: 17th November 2012 at 10:54am
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MK Dons have conceded that keeping hold of teenager Dele Alli could prove difficult.

Karl Robinson, as he told BBC Three Counties Radio, has branded him “a star”.

His performance in the midweek FA Cup first round replay win over Cambridge has seen him highly praised: ‘We’ve just witnessed the birth of a star. He’s a tremendous talent, but he’s not yet ready to start league games.

‘There are 12 months of big development to come for him and we’ve got to make sure that we look after him. But the 4,000 fans who watched tonight witnessed a very talented footballer take centre stage.’

The 16-year-old made his MK Dons debut as a substitute on the original tie with Cambridge City, his full debut came in the 6-1 replay win on Tuesday, a game he scored in.

MK Dons boss Robinson hopes that the midfielder decides to “nurture” his talents at stadium:mk as opposed to moving on too soon: ‘I hope we can [hold on to him]. It will be hard obviously.

‘I didn’t see any 16-year-olds playing for any of the big teams at the weekend. He’s a talent, a pure talent.

‘Let’s just hope we can nurture that and guide that through the system.’

The England U17 international would be advised to stay with MK for the time being but many a player can be tempted away by the lure of the Premier League. Should a big money offer, that’s too good to refuse, come in then the temptation to resist this could prove too much for the club?

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