Dele Alli: Everton sign midfielder permanently from Spurs in deal that could cost £40m | Transfer Center News
Dele Alli joined Everton on a permanent basis from Tottenham on deadline day in a deal that could cost up to £40million.
Alli has joined the Toffees on a two-and-a-half-year contract as he seeks to revive his slowing career at Goodison Park.
The potential £40million transfer fee will be structured around performance-related add-ons.
New Everton manager Frank Lampard, who was only officially named boss on Monday afternoon, was a key factor in convincing the 25-year-old to join the club.
It comes after Lampard also persuaded midfielder Donny van de Beek to join on loan from Manchester United for the rest of the season.
Alli could potentially make his Everton debut in the Premier League game at Newcastle United next Tuesday.
Alli: I just want to be happy playing football
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News after his move to Everton was confirmed late on deadline day, Alli spoke of Lampard’s influence in convincing him to move to Merseyside, where he hopes he can finally rekindle his joy for football after a difficult end at Spurs.
“I’m very excited, a bit tired from the long day, but we finally got there. I’m delighted,” Alli said.
“I had some good conversations with him. [Lampard] already, he is a player that I have admired throughout his career watching him. I’m happy to work with him, it’s very exciting, I’m sure we can do great things together.
“I just want to be happy playing football. Working with Lampard and the great players at Everton is a great opportunity for me to do that. I’m excited to go there and show the fans what I can do and help the club as much as I can.”
Alli is leaving Tottenham after seven years at the club after joining MK Dons in February 2015 for just £5m.
He made 269 appearances in all competitions for Spurs and scored 67 goals, including 51 in the Premier League.
The England midfielder won back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons and also helped Spurs reach their first Champions League final in 2019.
But Alli has failed to follow that success in recent seasons, with his career stagnating in north London.
He has struggled to make an impact this campaign under new Spurs head coach Antonio Conte, having made just six appearances in all competitions since the Italian’s arrival in November.
Lampard ‘key’ in Alli transfer talks
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol on The Transfer Show:
“We are told that Frank Lampard has been key in getting this deal done. He has spoken to the player and Alli thinks he can get the best out of him.
“Since Mauricio Pochettino left Spurs he has had a difficult relationship with the managers there, Mourinho and Conte, and needs a fresh start.
“He’s been at Spurs for a long time now, I know people think he’s wandered off now, but he’s someone who was twice PFA Young Player of the Year. If anyone can pull the best of him, you’d think it would be someone like Frank Lampard.”
Lampard can bring back swagger to Alli’s lost talent
Ben Grounds from Sky Sports:
More than two years ago, in October 2019, Gary Neville gave this assessment of Dele Alli after an anonymous display in a 2-1 away loss to Liverpool.
“He wanted to get in the box. He was always mean, playing on the edge, getting sent off once or twice, but today he was non-existent. He’s been like this for a year or two.”
More than two years have passed since then, and we still haven’t seen Alli regain the kind of form that saw him win back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards.
Still just 25, Alli has now worked under several managers at Spurs since breaking into the first team under Mauricio Pochettino and yet he has failed to fully convince Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte that he is worth the fight. struggling to give a central role.
It’s hard to pinpoint his fall from grace, but Frank Lampard could be the perfect manager to turn lost talent into star quality. The new Everton boss would urge him to get back to basics, but feeling loved is what Alli needs.
His time at Tottenham really should have come to an end some time ago but a fresh start at Everton, a team he has often performed well against, offers him the opportunity to realize his undeniable talent.
It’s an arrangement that suits all parties, with Tottenham now able to build a team in Conte’s image, while Alli’s ability to cover the distance and play with intensity is something Everton had to inject into his game this season.
A loan deal might have gone nowhere, pushing the need for a change, but with Everton having already used up their two domestic loan slots, a permanent deal ends Alli at Spurs. Lampard and Everton will hope he can now rediscover his former swagger on Merseyside.
Alli’s tactical and mental issues
Sky Sports’ Adam Bate:
As Dele Alli’s Tottenham career reaches a conclusion few could have anticipated when he won back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards, much of the focus will be on the mental side of the game. The need to refocus will be at the forefront of the discussion.
Jose Mourinho’s words in conversation with Alli in a high-profile documentary seem prescient. “I think you will regret it if you don’t achieve what you can achieve.” But it should be noted that there are tactical issues to address here as well as mental issues.
The hope is that Frank Lampard and Everton appreciate what is needed to bring out the best in Alli. His impact came as a supporting striker made late runs into the penalty area. He was combative and cute so could play deeper but that wasn’t his main strength.
Over time, Alli has been deployed further and further away from the opposing goal, even being used in a midfield two, where the builder’s responsibilities place more emphasis on other aspects of his game. became hard to remember what made it so good.
It remains to be seen whether he is able to recover it. At 25, there is still time. The attitude will have to be right, the desire to prove people wrong is essential. But his only chance to do so will be if Lampard has a clear vision of how to use him.
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