Stan Collymore is clearly not satisfied with Dele Alli after his below-par performances at Everton. His move from Tottenham Hotspur was supposed to revive his career. However, he has only struggled to get in the starting lineup and is now facing difficulty getting his name on the squad sheet. Stan Collymore has been extremely critical in his Mirror column.
Dele Alli had better statistics than Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard when they were his age. The 25-year-old midfielder later had a poor run of results and never looked to get out of it. He sealed a move to Everton in January and that seemed to be perfect for the England international. However, a poor run of results even at a lower club that is struggling is the exact opposite of what was required.
Former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore has told Dele Alli to hang his boots if football is not his priority anymore. He thinks that the early success had gone to Alli’s head resulting in him to slacking off and being lazy. This is what Collymore had to say about Dele Alli,
“Dele needs to answer some serious questions, for himself, no one else. He has to ask: Do you want to play professional football, or are you not cut out for it? If no, then get to the end of your contract, and move on with life. If he doesn’t want to be a pro footballer, get your head down. Dele Alli may decide he doesn’t love it anymore. Go and find something you are passionate about and don’t cheat the game by going on a circus around other Premier League clubs.”
Why has Stan Collymore been so critical about Dele Alli?
Dele Alli’s performances have dropped way low than anyone would have expected when he was in his prime. He struggled to get game time under Mourinho and Conte too and the Italian manager did not see him in his plans. A move to another club was the only way to go for him to get back into form. As a result, he sealed a move to Everton so that he can improve under the influence of Frank Lampard.
The 25-year-old midfielder is yet to start a game for the Toffees. He has appeared from the bench six times but is yet to score a goal or register an assist. He has to work hard and focus to get back in the game and be the next golden midfielder that he was supposed to be in the future. According to Collymore, Alli would have worked harder if he had football as his first priority.
If he is not passionate about playing anymore then he should find something that he is passionate about. Dele Alli has one great opportunity to work with Lampard and could get the absolute best out of him. Lampard was one of the best midfielders of his generation and with his experience and insight, Alli could once again reach the top.
Moreover, Alli would have had less pressure at Everton than he had at Spurs. He had more freedom to express himself at Goodison Park. However, he failed to use that to his advantage and is not expressing himself on the pitch. If Alli seriously pays attention to what Collymore has said, then it is still not late and the 25-year-old England international could revive his career back.
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