Harry Redknapp has slammed the recruitment networks of the Premier League's biggest club for missing out on Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.
Alli has risen to prominence under Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane and scored his first goal for England in the friendly win over France.
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And Redknapp believes scouts are scared to identify a young talent as a must-buy and that shames the system.
In his column for the Evening Standard, Redknapp wrote: “It shames the recruitment networks at the top clubs — who could think further ahead — that they didn’t go in for him.
“Why didn’t Arsenal sign him? Don’t tell me Chelsea shouldn’t have bought him for £5m. What’s £5m to Manchester United, especially with the way they throw their money around now? Okay, Liverpool did show some interest but for, whatever reason, did not follow it through.
“It’s fine being a head of recruitment at a top club paying £20m for a superstar. Any mug can do that. Go and pick a kid up from a lower division club. That’s when you earn your money in recruiting players."
There was no doubting Alli was a special talent during his time at MK Dons. To win Football League Player of the Year at such a tender age is no mean feat.
But the clubs Redknapp reeled off all have top-level youth systems that are packed full of talent and those players find it hard enough to break into the first team, just look at Jesse Lingard who has had to wait until 22 to make it at Old Trafford.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is another prime example, the midfielder has undoubted ability but can't hold down a spot at Chelsea.
Alli is flourishing in north London and fair play to him, but, no disrespect to Spurs, it is easier to get into their team than Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal's.
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