The Rise and Fall of Dele Alli

Thursday, 3 February, 2022 9comments  |  Jump to last
"Dele Alli was once deemed a key figure at Tottenham but left in a cloud of poor form," writes Jack Bezants. "At 25-years-old, he has many years ahead of him to recapture his finest form.

"The hard work starts now but there is already a feeling that Lampard's appointment has brought fresh air to Everton. And that could be just what Alli needs."

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John Zapa
1 Posted 03/02/2022 at 07:42:53
Many people have made lazy comparisons with Gray, but I don't think they had much in common.

Gray was never seen as a poor influence, or called lazy by various managers. In addition, Gray was a low-key signing, initially expected to be a squad player, joining on low wages.

Meanwhile, Alli joins with all the hype, on high wages, and a potential fee of around 20 times what Gray cost.

Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 03/02/2022 at 08:22:59
There are two Grays in that post John, so excuse me for not knowing which one you refer to. I haven't read the Women's Institute (sorry Aunty Daily Mail) article.

Andy Gray. Someone we bought after the 1983 winter of discontent. If I recall, many believed he was past his best despite only being 27 or 28? He was a gamble. By his own subsequent admission, hid some of his medical records.

Went through that barren patch but we rioted when he scored a brace against Leicester away. And although we were able to secure English football's most sought after striker, we were gutted that it meant Gray headed for the exit. I was. In today's squad focussed game, that might not have happened.

Demarai Gray (ole, ole, ole). A Leicester reject who has been one of the few shining lights of an underperforming team at a dysfunctional club and another winter of discontent.

How you spend, not what you spend. Some players fit into a club and system with a different manager than they did in others.

Let's see what Alli can do for Everton. I'll judge him on that.

Robert Tressell
3 Posted 03/02/2022 at 09:48:06
I'll start by saying I'm excited about the prospect of seeing Alli play for us and see the terms of the deal as pretty favourable.

However, I do have reservations.

Alli is someone who has hit real heights very early on - and probably expected to be playing for Real or PSG at this stage of his career, competing for titles and Champions League trophies.

At Everton he is initially involved in steering the side back up towards mid-table. That's okay this season because there's a novelty factor etc.

But next season and beyond, he's going to have to dig very deep indeed to get himself motivated for the prospect of mid-table and no trophies. This is a serious step down for him. This sort of thing has affected quite a few of our players.

Where Everton represents a step up in careers, players seem to find it easier to maintain their motivation. Less so where it's a step down.

At the end of the day these guys are already rich beyond our comprehension, and really don't need to work so hard (or at all).

For someone already experiencing motivational issues it is going to be difficult to recover past excellent form. I honestly expect Alli will give us some excellent moments but will often disappoint too. He won't ever consistently be the player he was a few years ago at Spurs.

Lampard can help by changing the culture of the club, being braver in attack and targeting the cups. This is exactly what Martinez did and it nearly worked before the wheels came off. Hopefully it all combines to get us a cup and a shot at European competition again.

Brian Harrison
4 Posted 03/02/2022 at 09:54:54
I think we all know the ups and downs of Dele Alli's form over the last few years, but if Frank believes he can get a tune out of him then that's all that matters. He struggled after Pochettino left Spurs; I think he had a great affinity with Pochettino which he hasn't had with those that have followed.

But the difference here is he is coming to play for a manager who he knows believes in him, and that for any player is massive. Lampard knows his strengths and will play to those strengths, some managers as we have seen too often at Everton try to shoehorn players into playing a role they aren't comfortable with.

That won't be the case with Lampard he will play Dele just off the main striker and have him making runs beyond the main striker. As Lampard has already said, one of Alli's strengths is finding space in the box and making runs in behind defenders.

I also think the signing of Alli has taken a lot of pressure off Donny van de Beek, who can play without the possible expectation he would have been under if we hadn't signed Alli.


Dennis Stevens
5 Posted 03/02/2022 at 11:27:45
Aye, Robert, all those trophies Alli won at Spurs!
Robert Tressell
6 Posted 03/02/2022 at 13:56:21
Dennis, I see what you mean and I know you're probably joking to some degree. But that's sort of my point. Alli was good when Spurs were good a few years ago.

He's lost his way in a club that's fallen away, keeps sacking managers and has a squad that doesn't seem to work.

He's just turned up at an even more dysfunctional club – and this for a player who might have been a world record transfer fee about 3 years ago.

Dennis Stevens
7 Posted 03/02/2022 at 13:59:59
Indeed, Robert – it's going to be a real test of character for the lad. Let's hope Lampard's picked a winner!
Kim Vivian
8 Posted 08/02/2022 at 13:47:32
Personally I think we might see a transformed Deli Alli. I never liked him at Spurs - snidy, nasty and always potentially a threat until recently when his form dropped off a cliff for whatever reason, but that's why I'm happy to see him here.

It has taken some guts to move to a club like ours where there is no, or very little, tolerance for laziness or bad attitude, and he will be well aware of the dogs abuse he will receive if he's not being seen to put in a shift after a relatively easy time at Spurs riding on the coats tails of his early promise and success. I'm sure he recognses in Lampard - with whom there will be much mutual respect - a gaffer with whom he can work and find some of his old mojo.

Potentially this could be a fantastic signing. I don't know the details of his personal terms but we seem to have struck a decent deal with Tottenham and I don't see Alli as a Delph type freeloader. I understand he could cost us something like £40m (if he does well) but I feel considerably better about this than the similar amount we stumped up for Siggy 4 years ago.

John Maxwell
9 Posted 09/02/2022 at 02:56:57
After the Newcastle game, it looks like he needs a lot of match practice! He was anonymous...

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