Ben Tilney currently plays for the MK Dons academy, and he recently earned a scholarship which sees him stay on for another two years at MK Dons. While most people may not be impressed by someone playing for the Dons, they do have an admittedly short but impressive history of producing stars. Seyi Ojo, Tilney’s ex-team mate, earned a move to Liverpool for a fee believed to be in the region of £4million! He was just 14 at the time. Giorgio Rasulo, another one of Tilney’s team mates, has also appeared for the senior side at the age of just 16. Sam Baldock, another academy product, earned a big move to West Ham before leaving for Bristol City.
Having watched many of the academy’s games, it appears to me that much credit should go to the Mk Dons coaching. They try to make their players play short, passing football, favouring technique over power. The favouring of powerful players instead of technical has been one huge fault in the British youth system, but now it appears things are changing. Tilney himself is a very technical player, with great touch and dribbling technique. He is often played at left-back due to his left footedness, his touch, and his ball retention abilities. I met up with Ben and we had a good chat, here are 9 questions that I asked him:
1)Who is your footballing idol? Lionel Messi
2)What is your favourite position? CAM.
3)Who do you support? Watford, but I enjoy watching Barcelona.
4)Club or country? Club.
5)What is your favourite skill move? Maradona roulette 360.
6)The club you support wins Premier League, or England win World Cup? England win the World Cup.
7)What do you prefer, the Bundesliga, the Barclays Premier League or La Liga? La Liga.
8)What are your favourite boots ever? F50 adi zero.
9)What is the best stadium you have played in? Stadium:MK.
Tilney recently got called up for an England training camp
I will upload a continental XI for Africa tommorow, I am very busy at the moment due to revision sorry.