(Football news) Dele Alli has joined Everton from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal that could cost up to £40m over the next two and a half years. The overall transfer fee will be based on various performance related clauses and the Toffees’ new manager Frank Lampard is said to have been integral in convincing the 25 year old to join him at Everton on transfer deadline day. Alongside Alli’s transfer from Spurs, Everton also announced Donny Van De Beek will be joining the club until the end of the season from Manchester United. The pair could make their debut for their new clubs against Newcastle United next Tuesday.
Having been at Tottenham Hotspur for the last seven years, Alli has made 269 appearances for the London based club, scoring 67 goals, including 51 in the Premier League. He joined Spurs from MK Dons for a fee of just £5m in February 2015. He won back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons and helped Spurs reach the Champions League final in 2019. However, Alli’s development has stalled in the last few years and he has fallen down the pecking order under new manager Antonio Conte, making just six appearances in all competitions since the Italian’s arrival.
It can be said that Alli has struggled ever since the departure of Mauricio Pochettino with Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte not being convinced by his performances. A change of scenery and Frank Lampard’s guidance could help Alli revive his career and fulfill his potential. The 25 year old is known for making late runs in the box but in the last few years, his role has shifted to being used in a midfield pairing and building up play. Lampard would be wise to use him further up the field and work on both mental and tactical aspects of his game.
Newcastle, Southampton and Valencia were also linked to Dele Alli in the January transfer window and it was impossible for Everton to reach a loan agreement with Spurs, as the Toffees had reached a limit of two loan signings from other Premier League sides in Anwar Ghazi from Aston Villa and Van De Beek from Manchester United. The 25 year old will be hoping to make an instant impact at Everton and ultimately find a place back into the England set up ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year.
On joining Everton, Dele Alli said: “I’m delighted to have signed for Everton, a huge club with a great fan base and history. I'm eager to get started and can't wait for my first game in an Everton shirt. I’m looking forward to helping the team and the opportunity to work with the new manager Frank Lampard."