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Frank Lampard can get the best out of Donny and Dele after deadline day deals at Everton

Deadline day was the best day in a long time if you’re an Everton fan, as they completed two big signings and announced a new manager.

After a two week search with plenty of rumours and fan protests, the club finally settled on Frank Lampard as their new manager with the official announcement coming on Monday lunchtime.

Quickly followed was confirmation that Manchester United midfielder Donny Van de Beek has completed a loan move until the end of the season, before the surprising news that Dele Alli had joined on a permanent move from Tottenham



It’s no surprise that Lampard played a big part in both players making the move to Goodison Park, considering both play in a fairly similar way to the way he did during his playing career.

As part of a midfield three or the most advanced in a two, Lampard made a career of arriving late in the box and scoring goals. He racked up striker numbers, and to this day is still the all-time top scorer in Chelsea history as well as the highest scoring midfielder in Premier League history.

Both Van de Beek and Dele have garnered a reputation as goalscoring midfielders, but are both young enough to develop their game and become even more complete. They believe Lampard can help them with that, but can he?

Most importantly for both players is the promise of regular game time, having been starved of football in recent years at their previous clubs.

There is the chance that he could field a 4-3-3 with both fielded as a number eight, but that leaves the defensive midfielder that he selects likely on an island on their own.

Stylistically there is an issue for Lampard to overcome, but there is a big potential that he will be able to unlock the best of both players to help drag Everton out of their relegation battle.

There is the opportunity to change the way the team plays football, emphasising possession and an attacking style rather than defensive structure like Rafa Benitez did.

If anyone can get them both firing it’s Lampard, but he’s proven to be tactically naive in the past with both Derby and Chelsea at times.

If he is to prove he has made bold improvements and strides forward as a manager in his year out of the game, he needs to get them both playing well together and save Everton from the drop.

The pressure is on, but he’s been backed by the board since day one so he has no excuses.

How Dele Alli can revive his dwindling career in January

There was a period in time where Dele Alli was one of the most feared goalscoring midfielders in the country, but that time has long gone.

Dele is currently a bit part player at best for Tottenham after losing that goalscoring touch, and reports suggest he is now likely to leave the club in January either on loan or permanently.

But how can the former England star reignite the flame on his dwindling career? There are a few clubs that could provide the platform for him to do it.



Newcastle United

This seems to be the consensus among many, but Newcastle could do with someone of the profile of Dele and Dele could do with a brand new environment.

Newcastle are in a relegation battle but have got the funds for January to be able to completely turn their fortunes around. Dele would likely come on considerable wages, but if Eddie Howe can get the best out of him once more he could be huge for their season.

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli and Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles during the English Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle...

With Callum Wilson the club’s only real source for goals, Dele would be given the chance to re-find his taste for the back of the net and the fans would absolutely adore him from the first minute he pulled the shirt on.

Everton

Another team that is desperate for new blood is Rafa Benitez’s Everton side, who have just one win in their last ten Premier League games.

Injuries have plagued them, especially in forward areas, and they have scored only 20 goals in 16 games so far this season. Dele will be seen by any potential signings as a source for goals despite his poor record in recent years, but they know that it is there to be unlocked once again.

Richarlison of Everton challenges for the ball with Dele Alli during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison...

Some fresh blood would be good for them and a potential loan deal would suit all parties, with Rafa Benitez having a natural option to play in the number ten role he likes using.

West Ham

It worked for Jesse Lingard, so why not Dele?

The Hammers are in the hunt for a top four place once again this season, currently occupying the position in the league table as we approach the halfway point of the season.

Jesse Lingard of England celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 during the International Friendly match between England and United States at...

Last year the arrival of Lingard gave the whole club a boost and his goals and form pushed them to a Europa League spot and revived his career to the point where he got back in the England squad and Manchester United opted to keep him around in the summer.

Dele could have a similar effect in a new squad with great spirit and a style of play that suits him. The rivalry between the clubs could see a deal never materialise, especially with Spurs hopeful of top four themselves, but it could be the perfect move for Dele.

Dele Alli and Gareth Bale helping Tottenham recapture early season form

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham team are recapturing their early season form once again thanks in part to the two men who seemed outcasted as recently as January – Dele Alli and Gareth Bale.

Spurs made it three wins in a row against Fulham and four wins from their last five thanks to Dele forcing an own goal from Tosin Adarabioyo in the first half, in a game where the north Londoners looked dangerous throughout.

Harry Kane missed a big chance with a header, while Bale and Heung-Min Son seemed to strike up a good partnership from opposing flanks too with their out-to-in runs to threaten the Fulham defence.

It’s a sharp turn in fortunes for Mourinho’s side, who prior to this little run had lost five of their last six games to find themselves in mid-table with a mountain to climb in the race for the top four in the Premier League.

After the January transfer window came to an end, Dele was frustrated that he wasn’t given the opportunity to leave the club with PSG strongly rumoured to be interested in taking him across the waters as Mauricio Pochettino looked to bolster his new squad.

Mourinho claimed that he had a conversation with the midfielder about working his way back into the team and it seems to have worked a treat, with the 24-year-old getting a goal and two assists in the Europa League before making a substitute appearance against Burnley then earning his first start in the league since the opening day in this game.

Bale on the other hand had been given plenty of opportunities in the first half of the season but really struggled to make a mark on the squad following his move from Real Madrid.

He looked off the pace constantly, with a clear lack of speed in his game while his execution and work-rate wasn’t where it needs to be for a side looking to compete at the top end of the Premier League.

Since the end of the transfer window though, the Welsh winger has seemingly found himself once again and become a key man in the Spurs attack with four goals and three assists in his last five appearances in all competitions.

He’s started to find his passing range once again while he seems to have adjusted his style slightly to be able to make more of an impact despite his new physical capabilities.

As Spurs head into a weekend fixture against Crystal Palace before a Europa League tie with Dinamo Zagreb, Mourinho will be hopeful that the form of his two attackers can act as “new signings” to boost the squad for a strong finish to the end of the campaign ahead of next month’s Carabao Cup final.

Can Dele Alli outlast Jose Mourinho at Tottenham?

Another transfer window has passed and Dele Alli is still a Tottenham player, making it highly likely that he will see out the remainder of the season on the sidelines.

The former MK Dons midfielder has been limited to a handful of appearances this season under Jose Mourinho this season, with the Portuguese coach claiming he needs to earn his way back into the side.

It was expected that Dele would leave the club during the winter transfer window, with PSG interested in reuniting him with his former boss Mauricio Pochettino in Paris on loan.

Despite the player telling the club he wanted to go in order to secure regular football, the deal never materialised when Spurs were unable to secure a replacement.

Reports suggested that Mourinho and chairman Daniel Levy were interested in bringing Christian Eriksen back to the club, but with Inter unable to agree a deal and the with the Dane scoring the winner in the Milan derby, a decision was made for him to stay until the end of the season at least.

That means that Dele will remain in north London for the remainder of the campaign and continue to struggle for minutes and impact.

It’s become a scenario similar to that of Anthony Martial at Manchester United when Mourinho was there, as a young player that the ownership are a big fan of and believe can deliver but has fallen out of favour.

Mourinho tried to sell Martial, but the hierarchy refused to let him go and he eventually signed a new deal after the manager was sacked. But that came after he made the decision to stay at the club and not force a move because he believed that he could outlast the manager.

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With Spurs currently in a run of form of just two wins in nine games in the Premier League, Mourinho is battling against criticism from fans and media about whether or not he is the right man for the job.

The usual second season success under Mourinho hasn’t been nearly as effective as usual, although they have reached the Carabao Cup final for the first time since 2008. The result of that final could have a big impact on Mourinho’s future, who was brought in specifically to itch the scratch of trophies at White Hart Lane.

If it goes well, he’ll almost certainly buy himself more time ahead of the new season which means Dele will have to find a new club. There is every chance though, that Spurs lose that final to Manchester City and miss out on a top four place which could see Mourinho’s future plunged into further doubt.

If that is the case, Dele’s standing with the fans and the owners could see him get a second chance at the club to find his form once again and get back to reaching the potential we all know he has.

Dele Alli to reunite with Mauricio Pochettino at PSG?

After taking over in Paris, Mauricio Pochettino is already working on strengthening his squad during his first transfer window in Ligue 1.

The former Spurs boss took over from Thomas Tuchel during the winter break on an 18-month contract, returning to the club where he was once captain during his playing days.

Reports suggest that he is ready to raid his former club immediately to get himself settled at his new club too, with Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli reportedly among his list of targets for this winter.

Dele has barely featured for Spurs in the first part of the season, with Jose Mourinho preferring to use Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso in the more advanced midfield positions.

The 24-year-old has struggled to make match-day squads for the most part, even being overlooked on occasion in the Europa League and Carabao Cup. With the January window upon us now and Mourinho admitting previously that his squad is too big, the likelihood of Dele being allowed to leave is high.

There were rumours of a potential move to the Parc des Princes in the summer, although nothing materialised in the end. But despite the change of manager, the French champions have retained an interest.

A loan deal seems most likely until the end of the season, with a potential buy option to make it permanent included. Spurs are unlikely to stand in Dele’s way if he wants to leave and the relationship he has with Pochettino should see that PSG are his preference over anyone else.

It’s likely that the ex-MK Dons man will be used in an advanced role, similarly to the way he was at Tottenham under Pochettino. With Neymar to the left and Mbappe on the right, his defensive duties may be a bit more pronounced but PSG dominate games in a way that Spurs never quite did and therefore he will still have plenty of attacking freedom.

While also playing in a weaker league for one of the strongest teams in Europe, some good performances in the league but also in the Champions League could see Dele force his way back into contention for the England squad as Euro 2020 takes place this summer.

He hasn’t featured in an England squad since being left out of the squads in October 2019 but manager Gareth Southgate said it was strictly performance related, so it’s possible that a run of good games get him back in the side.

Dele Alli In The Mud – What Next?

Once the great white hope of the future of England’s football, Dele Alli’s future is in huge doubt now as it’s been revealed that Tottenham want to sell.

Alli was left out of the match-day squad for a second consecutive game by Jose Mourinho in their 5-2 win over Southampton on Sunday, having been substituted at half-time by Mourinho in the opening game of the season.

It emerged almost immediately in the press that Dele is deemed as surplus at Spurs now and has been offered to clubs in a bid to get him to leave. Real Madrid rejected the offer to include him in the deal that saw Gareth Bale return to North London while it’s now believed that he has been offered to Paris Saint-Germain.

Whether he leaves the club or not is still up in the air, but for anyone who was a fan of the free-scoring attacking midfielder of two years ago will have seen how the trajectory of his career has fallen.

His link-up with Harry Kane under Mauricio Pochettino was clear for all to see and saw him put up phenomenal numbers for a young player who made the step up directly from League One with MK Dons. But as the goals and assists fell away, the performances began to leave a shell of the player that many were calling the future of the national team.

So what now? If he does leave the club, does he excel or do he continue to get worse? Can he get worse?

PSG seems to be the most likely destination at the moment for him, and he would add something to their team that they don’t currently have – goals from midfield. His natural attacking instinct is to break forward from midfield and arrive into the box late but the problem he has had is that the club tried to play him as a traditional central midfielder. He isn’t that. He doesn’t have the skillset. His passing isn’t great, defensively he’s poor, positionally he is suspect and physically he isn’t imposing in the slightest for a Mourinho-style midfield.

He is the definition of a luxury player. He needs freedom, he needs to play off instincts rather than following a system. Somewhere like PSG is perfect for that with the base they already have and the dominance they hold over other teams in their league. With Marco Verratti and one of Ander Herrera, Idrissa Gueye or Leandro Paredes behind him, Dele would be surrounded by Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi while playing closer to the goal. It almost screams perfection.

One thing he probably wouldn’t enjoy is that against better opposition, it’s likely to be him that would be sacrificed from the team to accommodate a more solid structure in midfield.

With Spurs apparently looking to replace Dele with Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, it says a lot about how far his stock has fallen. He needs to be loved, he needs to be protected but that is not Mourinho’s style. A fresh break seems like it could be perfect for him.

He’s only 22 years old so has a long career ahead of him. There is plenty of time for Dele Alli to get back to what he once was, whether he can or not is a different thing entirely.