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Peterborough whizkid Chris Forrester likened to Dele Alli

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony reckons they have a world-beater on their hands.

MacAnthony believes he could sell his Irish midfielder Chris Forrester for 'millions and millions', but he is not planning to cash in on his star man just yet.

The Dubliner made his mark with a solid display in his side's 4-1 FA Cup defeat against Chelsea on Sunday, with the club's Irish owner MacAnthony convinced his star man has what it takes to play at the highest level.

“Chris Forrester is the best midfielder by a mile in League One and plenty of big clubs are after him right now," confirmed MacAnthony to the Sunday World.

“If you saw Chris playing against Scunthorpe earlier this month, you would appreciate what a talent he is.

“Against a team that was sitting at the top of League One, he basically ran the show from midfield on his own.

“He was that good and I'm sure he would dominate games if he was playing in the Championship as well.

“Chris will go on and be sold for millions and millions and good luck to him if that happens because he has come to England, worked his socks off and turned himself into a top player.

“We bought him as a No.10 and turned him into a No.4 who dictates the play in front of the back four. It has been fantastic how he has grown into that role and it has been a joy to watch his development."

He added: “The difference with Chris is we are talking about a player who is head and shoulders above the rest at the level he is playing at.

“When I look at what Dele Alli is doing at Tottenham now, it highlights what is possible when top League One players get a chance at the higher level.

“Alli was playing in League One for MK Dons not so long ago and a few clubs showed an interest in him.

“Now you see him now at the age of 20 and he is the match winner in a top of the table game against Chelsea and that should give all players in League One belief that they are good enough to make that jump up in class.

“Trust me, Chris Forrester is good enough and he should be in the Ireland squad right now."

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