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Once hailed as one of the top 10 footballers in the world, Dele Alli’s career has taken an unexpected downturn in recent years. From being a key player at Tottenham Hotspur to struggling for minutes at Everton, his journey has been filled with challenges and setbacks, most created by his own attitude.
Alli’s ability to score crucial goals and provide creative assists established him as one of the brightest stars in the Premier League. His exceptional talent, technical skills, and eye for goal made him a force to be reckoned with. However, despite his initial success, his career has taken an unexpected turn.
He did not fit Antonio Conte’s playing philosophy and in January 2022 was allowed to join Everton on a free transfer. It was hoped that Frank Lampard could reignite his career at Goodison Park it did not go according to plan.
Dele’s Troubled Training Regimen
Struggling to secure regular playing time, he has found himself on the fringes of the squad. Alex Iwobi, Alli’s teammate at Everton, shared training ground details that can give insight on his troubles. It is his well-known lack of dedication on the training ground that has seen his stock decline.
Alex Iwobi on Dele Alli: “He will say it himself, he isn’t a training player. He’s a joke in training matches though. When it comes to drills – he tries, but because he’s slow with it. When it comes to games, he will score and assist or something. It was hard for him to play. If… pic.twitter.com/THc8KiWU8i
— EFC DAILY (@EFCdaily_) May 25, 2023
This played a significant role in Alli’s inability to earn the trust of Lampard. The Chelsea legend needed players to rely upon and the attacker’s lack of commitment and effort in training sessions did not give him any indication. While Alli is a different animal in competitive settings, the same cannot be said about his attitude towards training.
“With him, he will say it himself, he isn’t a training player,” said Iwobi. “Unless it’s a match in training and then you see Dele perform. When it comes to training matches, he is a joke. When it comes to drills – he tries, but because he’s slow with it.
“When it comes to games, he will score and assist or something. It was hard for him to play. If you’re not just doing it in training, and at the time, the manager needed reliable players. He couldn’t really put his trust in him. We all know Dele could have performed.”
Alli’s Future at Goodison Park
If Alli plays 20 games for the Toffees, Spurs will be in line for a £10 million windfall. After his horror showing in Turkey, getting in arguments with managers and going awol at Besiktas it looked like an unlikely scenario.
On This Day in 2019… 🎙
"Here's Dele Alli, here's Lucas Moura. OHH THEY'VE DONE IT. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT. LUCAS MOURA WITH THE LAST KICK OF THE GAME. THE AJAX PLAYERS COLLAPSE TO THE GROUND. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR ARE HEADING TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL." pic.twitter.com/IiAlav6Gne
— COYS.com (@COYS_com) May 8, 2023
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel for him as current Everton boss Sean Dyche has given him a clean slate to prove himself. Known for his no-nonsense approach, Dyche has made it clear that Alli needs to focus on getting fit before anything else.
At 27 years old, Alli has already achieved significant milestones in his football career. However, his recent struggles have necessitated a reevaluation of his approach. His talent and potential, emphasise the need for the midfielder to make wise decisions and take responsibility for his actions.
The road to redemption may not be easy, but Alli still has the opportunity to resurrect his career at Goodison Park. He must now demonstrate maturity and make choices that align with his ambition to play at his best once again.