As per recent reports, Everton and Frank Lampard have successfully completed the signing of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli. This comes following Donny van de Beek’s move to the Toffees, with the two players being the club’s only January signings.
After a struggling season, filled with injuries and poor results, Everton look to create reforms. Following their 1-2 defeat against Norwich, the board sacked manager Rafa Benitez on 16th January. While Duncan Ferguson took over as caretaker manager, his stay was never going to be permanent.
As a result, the club signed former Chelsea player and manager Lampard as their new chief on a two-and-a-half-year contract. During his paperwork, the Englishman was already working on new signings, a result of which he was able to battle out Crystal Palace for Manchester United’s van de Beek. A tiring deadline day also got them Spurs’ Dele Alli.
Can Alli write his revival story under Lampard?
After almost seven years at Spurs, Dele Alli has now signed a contract with Everton as a free agent, with €12m after 20 games and bonuses for next years. The deal could also reach €35/40m depending upon the Englishman’s performance.
During his time at Spurs, the 25-years-old midfielder made 269 appearances across all competitions with 67 goals and 61 assists. At a very young age, the player had established himself as a top midfielder. However, after the defeat in the 2019 Champions League Final against Liverpool, Alli seems to have gone through a roller-coaster period. The player has continuously struggled to find form since the departure of manager Mauricio Pochettino. Even under great managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, the player failed to revitalize himself due to his poor attitude. (stats via TRANSFERMARKT)
On the contrary, Frank Lampard is one manager who is famous for nurturing homegrown talents. During his time at Chelsea, the English coach developed players like Reece James, Tammy Abraham, and Mason Mount. Hence, the English manager can help his new midfielder in finding his lost form.
Lampard’s system can be fitting in the new Everton side
Everton is likely to face a transition in their playing style with a new manager and new players. The already midfield-packed team will now also have top-class quality in the same. An attack-oriented Lampard will have slight troubles regarding his starting-11, but it’s trouble most managers enjoy.
Even though losing Lucas Digne to Aston Villa is likely to sting the Toffees, the compensation will be significantly made with their attacking prowess. A brilliant attacking history carrying Dele Alli and a young and established box-to-box midfielder Donny van de Beek will most definitely help in making life difficult for other Premier League teams.
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