Speaking to BBC Sport after Everton’s dramatic victory over Crystal Palace, Frank Lampard spoke honestly about former Spurs midfielder Dele Alli.
Dele joined the Toffees on the deadline day of the January transfer window (Sky Sports). However, the 26-year-old has struggled for game time on Merseyside, making just ten appearances and recording no goals or assists (TransferMarkt).
But, with his side 2-0 down at halftime to Crystal Palace on Thursday night, Dele was introduced and managed to inspire his team to a 3-2 win that secured their Premier League status for next season.
Lampard gave his assessment of Dele’s performance (BBC Sport): “He had a massive role. We brought him to the club after a tough time.
“I’ll be honest sometimes it’s like we have to wait for you, can you train better? Can you fight to make me play you?
“Absolute credit to him today to suck it up sometimes. He has so much talent there. What he did was come on with quality, with belief, with legs and energy. He changed the game.”
Saying this, there has never been many doubts about his talent and much like current boss Lampard, Dele possesses the ability to time late runs into the box and fashion goal-scoring opportunities for himself.
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Dele provided Spurs fans with some magical moments and he will always get a great reception in N17. It has been sad to see his promising career so rapidly decline.
But after contributing to Everton’s most important victory in recent history, the Goodison faithful will be optimistic that he can return to his previous form under the guidance of Lampard next season.
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