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Yaya Toure sends a message to Jude Bellingham comparing the situation with Dele Alli

Yaya Toure has warned English media that Jude Bellingham needs to be protected to keep him from following the same path as Everton flop Dele Alli, writes the GoodisonNews.

Alli was once viewed as the future of English football. Much like Bellingham, Alli enjoyed a breakthrough at the 2018 World Cup, where he was a crucial part of Gareth Southgate’s side.

However, four years on the 26-year-old is enduring a nightmare loan at Turkish club Besiktas after flopping at Everton and he couldn’t be further outside of Southgate’s plans.

From such a promising young star to a forgotten Premier League flop, Toure insists that the English media played a huge part in Alli’s downfall – and the same will happen to Bellingham if he’s not protected.

Via The Athletic, Toure wrote: “Bellingham has been the star of all of England’s matches for me. Sometimes he’s scoring, sometimes he’s passing, and the timing of his box-to-box runs are perfect.

“You can tell he sees himself as a potential top player in the world, and wants to show it at the World Cup.

“I hope the media are careful with him because we saw a similar situation a few years ago with Dele Alli, who struggled at times with being presented as a leader for club and country. It’s important for everyone to be protective of Bellingham for his development.”

When Alli burst onto the scene for Tottenham and England, it was hard for Premier League fans to not see him as a future star.

But his career path goes to show that nothing can be taken for granted in football, regardless of the media hype.

Frank Lampard’s transfer business at Goodison Park has – for the most part – been very effective. His midfield signings of Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye paired with his brilliant Alex Iwobi transformation have formed a great trio for the Toffees.

But Lampard’s biggest misjudgement came in the shape of Alli. The Everton boss clearly thought he could revive Alli’s career and bring him back to his best, but it didn’t take long for Lampard to lose all trust in the former England star and ship him out on loan.

Agreeing to a deal that could rise to £40million [Sky Sports] for the 26-year-old has to go down as a massive transfer blunder. Despite Alli still being contracted to the club, it seems an almost impossible task for him to turn things around and work his way back into Lampard’s plans.