Journalist Dean Jones has claimed that Everton are happy for Dele Alli to find a new club in the summer after his switch to Goodison Park has not worked out.
Alli made the switch to Everton in the January transfer window from fellow Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, but the transfer has not changed the midfielder’s – nor the Toffees’ – fortunes as he started just one game in the second half of the season, which came on the final day against Arsenal with top-flight safety already secured.
There have been reports that Everton are ready to offload the former England international in the summer transfer window due to the lack of impact he has had, as well as his failure to register a goal or assist in the 11 appearances he has made.
Amid the reports that Everton are keen to get rid of Alli in the summer, Jones highlighted to GiveMeSport that he may have to go abroad to rediscover his form.
He said: “They’ve got a fight to get rid of some players they don’t want around the place anymore. The Dele Alli gamble has not paid off at all.
“They’re happy for him [to] find a new club. Dele needs to rediscover himself and find a place where he can start playing well again. It might be he has to go abroad at this point, because I’m not sure it’s in the Premier League that he finds his feet again.”
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TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments…
When Alli burst onto the scene for Spurs in 2015, he looked like he had the potential to become a Premier League great – he scored 28 goals across two league seasons, but since then, it has been a downward spiral for him.
Frank Lampard may have thought that he could get the best out of the 26-year-old, but his failure to start more than one game speaks volumes about the manager’s thoughts on him.
Alli may have to seek a move away from England to get regular first-team football in an attempt to revitalise his career, because it is unlikely that he will be of interest to any club in the top flight after his displays this season – so perhaps a total change of scenery is what he requires now.