‘Dele is not deadwood’ – Former Spur backs midfielder following Everton move

Jamie O'Hara
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Jamie O’Hara has said that Dele Alli could revive his career at Everton after securing a move away from Tottenham on deadline day. 

Alli left Spurs after seven years to join the Toffees as one of the club’s first signings under Frank Lampard alongside the loan acquisition of Donny van de Beek. 

He signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Everton, with the deal reaching up to £40 million with potential performance-related add-ons (Sky Sports). 

BBC Sport claims Everton will pay Spurs £10 million once he makes 20 appearances, while the remaining bonuses are dependent on his displays at Goodison Park (Fabrizio Romano). 

Alli will be attempting to turn around what is a stuttering career in over the last handful of seasons, having recently fallen out of contention at Spurs under Antonio Conte. 

However, former Spurs midfielder O’Hara believes the switch to Everton could be massively beneficial in the two time PFA Young Player of the Year reinvigorating himself. 

He told Sky Sports (via Football Daily): “Dele Alli is not deadwood, he’s had a fantastic career at the football club. The last few seasons it’s just not worked out for him, he just hasn’t been the same Dele Alli that we saw burst onto the scene. 

“I think this is a brilliant move for him, for [Frank] Lampard, for Everton and it works for Spurs as well. Everton are not competing with Spurs this season so it allows him to go and play his football. 

“I watched him against Liverpool not so long ago. Antonio Conte started him and I thought he was absolutely fantastic. 

“The problem with him is consistency. He doesn’t do it week in week out, so a manager can’t trust him. And that’s the problem you have, you’ve got to be a seven or eight out of 10 every week. He’s either a nine or he’s a four out of 10 and you can’t be like that in the Premier League. 

“I think Lampard will get the best out of him. He’s very similar to the way they want to play, let him arrive late in the box, get on the end of things. I think Dele Alli could resurrect his career at Everton.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

The move away for Alli has been coming for a while now as he just didn’t progress into what everyone expected him to. He was a good servant for Tottenham though and everyone will be hoping that he can see some improvement with Everton under Lampard. 

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