Dele Alli axed from Besiktas squad and faces uncertain future
Dele Alli’s footballing career has gone from bad to worse as he has been axed from the Besiktas squad and left in limbo until the summer, it has been claimed. Alli, 26, was once regarded as one of European football’s brightest talents, but his career has stalled in recent years. Tottenham allowed him to join Everton on a free transfer in January 2022 before the Toffees offloaded him to Turkish side Besiktas last summer. The England international was hoping to revive his career in Turkey but has failed to make an impression.
Poor performance in Turkey
He has scored just two goals in 13 league appearances and was omitted for the squad for their recent wins against MKE Ankaragucu and Istanbul Basaksehir. Alli has struggled for minutes since Senol Gunes succeeded Valerien Ismael as Besiktas manager in October. The former MK Dons star has started just four league games under the veteran manager and reports in Turkey claim Alli may not play for Besiktas again.
A sad downfall
Alli’s decline has been remarkable. The Englishman hit the headlines as a teenager when he inspired boyhood club MK Dons to promotion from League One in May 2015. He was named as the Football League’s Young Player of the Year for his effort. Alli moved to Tottenham in the summer of 2015 and became a Premier League sensation. The midfielder scored 32 goals in all competitions during his first two seasons at White Hart Lane to be named the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017.
No future plan
Yet Alli’s form dropped after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked as Tottenham manager in November 2019. Tottenham eventually decided to cut their losses in January 2022, as Everton agreed to sign Alli on a free transfer. The Toffees are required to pay Spurs up to £40million in add-ons, with the first £10m owed when he makes 20 appearances for the club. Alli will still have a year remaining on his contract when he returns to Everton in the summer. Dyche will either try to get the best out of the fallen star or allow him to leave Goodison Park.
Alli failed to score in his first 13 Premier League appearances for Everton. That persuaded the Merseyside club to send him out on loan – a move that has not reignited his career. Alli turns 27 next month, and it is unclear where his future lies.
Alli will either have to redeem himself or choose a different path. With uncertainty surrounding what his future holds, this could be the end of Dele Alli’s career in football.