Dele Alli, who experienced a significant decline in his career in recent years, has returned to Everton and is determined to rejuvenate his professional journey, writes the Mirror. Sean Dyche, his new manager, reveals that the former England international, who played a pivotal role in Tottenham’s journey to the 2019 Champions League final, is eager to prove himself after an unsuccessful loan spell at Besiktas.
Dele fell out of favor under Jose Mourinho at Spurs in 2020, and despite subsequent managerial changes with Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte, he failed to make a lasting impression. Consequently, he was sold to Everton after being deemed surplus to requirements by former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Frank Lampard. However, he continued to struggle to find his form on Merseyside, leading Lampard to send him on loan to the Super Lig.
Unfortunately, injuries plagued Dele’s time in Turkey, ultimately leading to the premature termination of his loan deal as he returned home for surgery on a hip muscle issue. Determined to turn his fortunes around this season, the 27-year-old midfielder is focused on blocking out negativity. Dyche acknowledges the challenges but remains open to giving Dele a fresh opportunity to impress.
As one of the first Everton players to report to the Finch Farm training base for the upcoming season, Dele is eager to regain match fitness by early August. After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Everton aims to start the new campaign on a positive note, beginning with a match against Fulham at Goodison Park. While Everton has traditionally performed well against Fulham at home, it is worth noting that Marco Silva’s team secured a 3-1 victory in their most recent meeting in Liverpool.
Dyche told the press on Thursday: “I just got a sense that he wants to be back playing football and playing well… I’ve heard all the noise, I’ve heard all the opinions and I’m pretty sure that you’re aware that I like to make my own,” he added.