Everton are renowned for making howlers when it comes to their transfer business, and following the appointment of Frank Lampard on Deadline Day, a signing made on the same day has yet again failed to improve upon the team’s problems as they continue to battle against relegation this season.
Lampard signed Dele Alli from Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of the winter transfer window, in a two and a half year deal that is reportedly worth up to £40m, and it hasn’t been an easy ride so far for the midfielder.
Since making the switch to Goodison Park in January, Alli hasn’t been given the opportunity to make an impact on game days with on average 28 minutes played over his six appearances, with no goals and no assists so far, which leaves a huge question mark over Lampard’s trust in the player.
The attacking midfielder competes for a position with a number of players including Abdoulaye Doucoure, Donny van de Beek and Andre Gomes to name a few, but even when injuries and suspensions weakened the centre of the pitch, Lampard opted to play defender Mason Holgate in midfield over deploying Alli, which again speaks volumes.
The 25-year-old, who has previously been described as a “freak of a talent” by Darren Anderton, has gone downhill significantly and was branded a “waste of time” by Simon Jordan, in a scathing review of Alli on talkSPORT last week:
“He’s been there for two months, he’s a complete and utter waste of time,” Jordan claimed.
“He was a waste of time at Tottenham for two years, he’s been a waste of time being signed for Everton. It was a waste of time signing.”
However, the clause in the £19.8m-rated flop’s contract could put Everton in a great position if the former Chelsea boss decides to sell the player in the summer following his disappointing move so far.
When looking into the finer details of the deal, the Toffees would only have to pay Spurs £10m for Alli once he makes 20 appearances for the club, with the amount increasing to up to around £40m depending on his team performance and involvement according to Fabrizio Romano.
With that being said, if the reports are accurate Farhad Moshiri could potentially make a profit on the player this summer if they sold him for more than £10m, owing to the fact that there are just eight games left available for Alli to potentially take part in, which if he played every one would only put his appearances at 15.
Ultimately, Lampard must learn a lesson from this particular transfer if he manages to keep the club in the Premier League, by making sure he makes better decisions in the summer transfer window when choosing players to come in to inspire a better outcome next season for Everton.