Paul Merson has warned Dele Alli that his “career will pass him by” as he continues to struggle at Everton after leaving Tottenham.
Merson pointed out that Alli was once “one of the best young players” in the game and his name was touted alongside the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Those days are long gone for the 26-year-old, who is now struggling to get into a relegation-threatened Everton side.
Even last week at West Ham when Donny van de Beek showed up injured in warm up, no Tom Davies in the squad and Allan was suspended.
Frank Lampard opted to start a defender at Mason Holgate in the middle of the park rather than handing the keys to Alli, who hasn’t even come off the bench in Everton’s last four games.
That was the advice Merson offered to the 37-cap England player whose career as of this writing is going in only one direction, as he told Sky Sports News (09/04/22 at 12:30 p.m.).
“I don’t know what happened,” Merson said. “The only person who can answer that is the boy himself. He had a great opportunity to move to another great club. He was at Tottenham, now he’s at a great club in Everton.
“This boy’s career will pass him by. It doesn’t matter how much money you earn in the game. After you’re done, that’s it. And he needs to start playing football.
“He will be sitting there at 33 and 34. He’ll look at it and say, ‘Oh my god, I had the best opportunity in the world’. He plays in the best league in the world. He has to start working again. This is a short career.
“Are we talking about four or five years ago? He was one of the best young people in the world. We’re talking about Barcelona and Real Madrid. Dele Alli was the next Frank Lampard.
“He would make runs from midfield. He was a good finisher. He was smart and bright. I just don’t see that player anymore – he has to show up. He hasn’t done anything and he has to get going.”
It would come as no surprise if Everton part ways with Alli in the summer, which would be another slap in the face for the attacking midfielder.
As of this writing, he can call himself a Premier League footballer.
But it’s his reputation that has allowed him to stay at this level rather than perform as it’s been years since he’s produced the goods on a consistent basis.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is due later this year and to think Alli was a key member of the 2018 side only goes to show he has fallen out of favor.
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