During a press conference on Thursday, Everton manager Sean Dyche disclosed that he has talked to Dele Alli following his early return from his loan spell at Besiktas, reports the F365.
Dyche stated that the midfielder is injured and will need to recover for several weeks before any decisions can be made about his future. Despite being allowed to travel back to England by Besiktas, Alli is still officially a player for the Turkish club until the end of the season. At the start of the season, the former England international was sold by Frank Lampard, having fallen out of favour.
Alli’s loan move to Besiktas was a chance for him to resurrect his career, but he evidently failed to do so. The midfielder scored three goals and had no assists in 15 appearances for Senol Gunes’ side. However, he has been absent since allegedly going AWOL from training in late March, and has not played a single game since February 26. Despite returning to England, Alli is unlikely to feature for Everton anytime soon. In the press conference, Dyche emphasized the importance of Alli recovering from his injury before any further decisions are made about his future with the club.
Dyche added: “It’s not going to be just a week, it’s going to be a number of weeks.”
“He’s come back with an injury that’s going to take some time to get sorted. He’ll use that period wisely I hope.”
“He’s not here but has an injury which will keep him out for some time. That needs to be dealt with,”
“Some of the stuff that’s been said and reported… he’s 27 and like other players knows certain things and what they should or shouldn’t be doing.
“Forget about Everton for a minute, as a manager you can’t control everything they do in their lives.
“There seems to be this myth where they ask ‘what’s the manager doing? You go: ‘are you meant to be following them round every day of their lives?’
“You can only guide people with what you think is good for them and eventually they have choices. We recommend they make good choices.”