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Everton: Lampard must ditch Dele Alli permanently

Everton have had their fair share of transfer disasters over the years since Farhad Moshiri became the majority stakeholder at Goodison Park, with nothing more to show for his £500m spending spree than a relegation battle and financial troubles.

However, despite a rocky start to his tenure at the club Frank Lampard seems to have turned things around this season with eight high-quality signings who have made a huge difference to the side’s performances in the Premier League.

Everton are currently 12th in the league table and three points clear of the bottom three. That’s largely thanks to newly signed Conor Coady and James Tarkowski’s blossoming centre-back partnership and a formidable duo of fresh faces in the centre of the pitch with Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gana Gueye thriving together.

Whilst things are looking brighter on Merseyside, the same can’t be said for Toffees reject Dele Alli following his move to Besiktas in the summer.

Alli was signed on Deadline Day last winter in a deal worth up to £40m, joining the Merseysiders on the same day as the former Chelsea boss and it was seen as a golden opportunity for Alli to reignite his career after Antonio Conte washed his hands of the attacking midfielder in north London.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be and the 26-year-old made just 13 appearances averaging at an average of 28 minutes per game. He failed to scored a goal or register an assist over his five-month spell, which led to him being shipped off to Turkey.

However, his form elsewhere has suggested that he needs to be axed permanently from Goodison Park. Indeed, over seven Super Lig appearances so far, Alli – who was dubbed “lazy” by Jose Mourinho – has scored one goal, registered no assists and has created no big chances, as well as losing the majority of his duels (59%) and failing to complete 73% of his dribbles.

Turkish football journalist Gokmen Ozcan spoke to The Athletic this week about Alli’s progress in Turkey, and it seems like the same old story for the wasted talent:

“Dele’s transfer was an exciting event not only for Besiktas but Turkish football,”

“He had a good start but we haven’t been able to see him consistently on the field.”

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Beşiktas manager Senol Gunes was a bit more damning of the player, saying: “We haven’t got through to Dele Alli yet. Let’s not discuss Dele Alli as a player, he is below expectations in terms of efficiency.”

With that being said, it is clear that Lampard has played a masterclass by getting rid of Alli in the summer, however, the £100k-per-week earner will return to the club next summer and the manager will then need to get rid of him once and for all.

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