Everton: 'Strange and disappointing' claim emerges involving £40m Goodison star

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It has been a “strange” and “disappointing” start to Dele Alli‘s Everton career, says journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 25-year-old was once again named as a substitute in the Toffees’ 2-1 loss to West Ham over the weekend, meaning he is yet to start a game since joining the club.

What is the latest news involving Alli?

Having struggled to make much of an impact at Everton, Alli is already being linked with a move away from Goodison Park.

According to TEAMtalk, the Merseyside outfit are ready to move on the attacking midfielder to avoid paying Tottenham a transfer fee.

Alli joined Everton in January in a £40m deal, but Spurs receiving that fee or any amount of money in general is dependent on their former star playing a certain amount of games at his new club.

The Athletic, however, claims that the Englishman is still seen as part of Everton’s long-term plans, so the above may be a bit premature.

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What has O’Rourke said about Alli?

O’Rourke has told GIVEMESPORT that Alli’s start to life as an Everton player has been both strange and disappointing.

Speaking to GMS, the transfer insider said: “It’s been a strange, disappointing start to his career at Everton for Dele Alli. We all thought this might be the chance for him to resurrect his career and get back to what he was a couple of seasons ago, but it hasn’t worked out for him so far.”

Did Alli make the wrong move?

Not necessarily. When you look at the situation Alli was in at Tottenham, he had no choice but to leave the club.

The England international made just three appearances in the Premier League under Antonio Conte, with one of those being a two-minute cameo against Leeds United.

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Tottenham also added Dejan Kulusevski to their squad during the January transfer window, a signing who has been able to make an instant impact in north London after coming up with seven goal contributions in his first 10 league games.

Ultimately, with the Sweden international’s addition to the squad, Alli’s game time would have undoubtedly decreased even further.

There is no denying that Alli’s move to Everton has not worked out so far. But he did not seem to have too many other options, and there is still time for him to turn things around, so it would probably be unfair to say he made a bad choice when taking everything into account.

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