- Dele Alli has been linked with a move away from Everton with his Premier League stint set to come to an end
- It would mark the end of a short era for Alli, who was at one point likened to Messi and Ronaldinho
- The former MK Dons man has seen his career steadily decline over the years
Everton midfielder Dele Alli is set to quit the Premier League as he is poised to join Turkish side Besiktas, either on loan or a permanent deal in a sad turn of events for the player.
Once tipped to be one of the best players in world football, Alli is now facing a real prospect of seeing his stint in English football come to an end.
A former MK Dons man, Alli initially came into the limelight at Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino.
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He famously scored a wonder goal against Crystal Palace in 2016 - a strike that was taken as a prelude of better things to come.
But, against the odds, Alli’s career in North London stagnated under Jose Mourinho, and he was eventually shipped to Everton.
Before that Alli also briefly played under Antonio Conte, who took over at Tottenham in November 2021 but not even the four-time Serie A winner could help rediscover his form.
At Goodison Park, the two time PFA Young Player of the year’s struggles have continued, and to date, he only has one Premier League start to his name.
Frank Lampard, the Everton manager, recently gave his take on what exactly Alli needed and according to him, the midfielder should train harder and more consistently.
"The first thing Dele needs to do is find consistency in his training, and that is something I have spoken about. For me, full pelt in training is non-negotiable, and I think Dele needs, needed, to understand that is important for me and for him." Lampard said as quoted on Sportbible.
A move to Besiktas would however not be disastrous by any stretch as they are 16-time Turkish champions.
Mourinho warned Dele Alli years ago
As Sports Brief reported, Jose Mourinho’s interesting remarks to Dele Alli two years ago have suddenly become relevant once again.
In a clip from Tottenham's 2020 documentary, Mourinho gave Alli an interesting pep talk revolving around the England international demanding more from himself.
"I am 56 now and yesterday I was 20. Time flies. One day I think you will regret it if you don't reach what you can reach," the manager said.
Source: Sports Brief News