Dele Alli future: Belief grows among Everton chiefs of 2023 plan after unsuccessful transfer gamble

Dele Alli may already have played his last game for Everton – at least in the minds of some club officials, a report has revealed.

Everton signed Alli from Tottenham Hotspur back in January, offering him a fresh start after his fall from prominence in north London. However, the switch to Goodison Park has not really worked out for him.

Indeed, the Toffees went on to offload him in the summer, sending him on loan to Besiktas in the Turkish Super Lig. By doing so, they have reduced their chances of having to pay Tottenham a fee that might not have been justifiable.

Had Alli reached 20 appearances for Everton, they would have had to pay Tottenham £10million. Eventually, the fee could have risen to £40million, which would have been a huge figure for a player out of form.

Instead, Alli’s Everton appearance tally has been paused at 13. Perhaps there was always a sense of hesitancy and risk behind their acquisition of him. For the time being, he is spending the 2022-23 season with Besiktas.

The Super Lig side have an option to buy him at the end of the season, which could be triggered by certain clauses. If not, Alli will be back at Everton for the final year of his contract.

But it seems they are not expecting him to return. According to Football Insider, Everton officials are preparing for a future without Alli and do not think he will be back in contention to play for them again.

Dele Alli might not get another Everton chance

Whether his exit will be a permanent one to Besiktas, or another club will buy him, is another matter. However, it seems Alli’s second chance in the Premier League with Everton will have been a short-lived one – despite one pundit recently insisting the door might not be closed for him at Goodison Park.

He never recorded a goal or assist from his 13 appearances under Frank Lampard. In contrast, he has already got off the mark for Besiktas, scoring on the second of his three appearances for the club so far.

Alli will be 27 years old in April and therefore by the time his loan spell ends he should be in the prime of his career. But on form, perhaps his prime came a few years ago and he is already past it.

It is now up to him to prove otherwise, which he is trying to achieve in Turkey. Maybe having got away from the scrutiny he was facing back in England might be doing him some good.

Yet it might not be enough to convince Everton that he is worth keeping. A degree of uncertainty remains regarding Alli’s future, but all is not lost at this stage of his career.

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