Dele Alli: Everton star somehow misses goal from point blank range in preseason

Dele Alli: Everton star somehow misses goal from point blank range in preseason

Rene Otinga
  • Everton’s miserable preseason continued as they were thrashed 4-0 by Minnesota United
  • The most viral moment of the game was Dele Alli’s horrendous miss barely 2 yards in front of goal
  • The Toffees have now suffered two defeats as they prepare for the 2022/23 campaign

Dele Alli’s struggles at Everton manifested themselves once again as the midfielder had a horrendous miss in front of goal on Wednesday, July 20.

Everton was one of the teams that were embroiled in a relegation dogfight last season, and were lucky to escape the drop under the guidance of Frank Lampard.

Ahead of the new season, Lampard’s team has been warming up with friendly matches in preseason, but there are signs that The Toffees will struggle once again.

Dele Alli
Dele Alli #36 of Everton gestures during the second half against Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field on July 20, 2022. Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn.
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This was particularly evident on Wednesday, July 20 during the game against Minnesota United FC, as Everton succumbed to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat.

The hosts went ahead through Emanuel Reynoso and despite Everton having several chances, Tarkowski made it 2-0.

Luis Amarilla then took the game completely away from the Merseysiders with a well-taken strike before half time, and the scores thrashing was rounded off in the second half when Abu Danladi finished off the scoring in the 78th minute.

Everton did have their chances, and the most clear one fell the way of Dele Alli, who somehow failed to convert from 2 yards out.

It happened in the 74th minute when Everton were 3-0 down and a low cross found Dele Alli, who somehow miscalculated his effort, and the ball went horribly wide.

Fans instantly erupted on social media, calling out the former Tottenham man for being “finished” in the Premier League.

Speaking after the game, Lampard was also critical of his own team, saying they needed to improve drastically.

"If we don’t want to be in that situation again, they have to be better and I have to be better.

"The players in the dressing room need to understand that they’ve put in a very poor performance individually and collectively."

This is Everton’s second defeat of preseason, having already suffered a 2-0 thumping at the hands of a rejuvenated Arsenal.