Alex Iwobi has revealed that Dele Alli’s struggles at Everton were down to the midfielder not really giving 100 per cent during training drills.

It was not long ago that Dele Alli was considered by many to be the future of both Tottenham and England, with the midfielder’s subsequent decline leaving many scratching their heads.

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The 27-year-old might have hoped to get his career back on track when he left Tottenham to join Everton during January of last year but he struggled to get starts under his belt at Goodison Park.

Alli joined Besiktas on loan last summer but he has continued to struggle in Turkey, playing just 13 league games for the club before suffering a season-ending injury.

Iwobi has now revealed that while midfielder impressed when it came to training ground matches at Everton, he did not apply himself during the drills, which is why Frank Lampard could not really trust him.

The winger said on The Filthy Fellas YouTube Channel: “With him, he will say it himself, he isn’t a training player. 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.”

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I suspect this is just a kind way of saying Dele completely stunk up the place at Everton and did not look anywhere near good enough in training.

Looking from the outside, it does seem like the 27-year-old has lost his love for the game over recent years.

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