Everton: 'Really worrying' for 6'2 Goodison Park signing Lampard 'can't rely on'

Dele Alli’s form at Everton has been “really worrying”, according to Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge.

The 26-year-old arrived at Goodison Park on the final day of the January transfer window, looking to revive his career after a disappointing end to his stay at Tottenham, but he has failed to make a major impact on Merseyside.

Have there been any positive signs for Alli at Everton?

It is hard to think of any.

In his first league match at the club, Alli came off the bench in the first half against Newcastle, yet he struggled to get involved in the contest as Everton slipped to a 3-1 defeat.

Since then, he has been limited to second half cameo appearances, and is still waiting for his first start under manager Frank Lampard.

Things do not appear to be heading in the right direction, though, as he has not registered a single goal or assist for the Toffees, and has been an unused substitute in each of Everton’s last four top-flight matches.

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What has Bridge said about Alli?

Bridge has been concerned by Alli’s performances when he has been given opportunities, and feels the 37-cap international has looked some way off the pace in games.

He believes the 6 foot 2 midfielder is not trusted by Lampard to have a positive influence on games at the moment.

Speaking about Alli to GIVEMESPORT, Bridge said: “He looked like a 40-year-old running around when I saw him a few weeks ago. It’s really worrying. Unless things change dramatically, it looks like Lampard is just not relying on him, not calling on him.

“When they’re losing, he’s not even coming on, not even a last-minute header. Can you imagine what Dele used to be good at back in the day? Sticking his head in the box.”

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Does Alli deserve another chance to show what he can do at Everton?

Alli has not played any minutes for Everton in over a month, and he is almost becoming a forgotten man already at Goodison Park.

Lampard has the likes of Alex Iwobi and Donny van de Beek to play in an advanced midfield role instead, and they both seem to be comfortably ahead of Alli in the pecking order.

Everton are still firmly involved in a relegation battle, and Lampard cannot afford to try and play Alli back into form, so it is hard to see him featuring much in the upcoming games.

It may well be the case that Alli has to hope that he gets an opportunity off the bench in the near future, and he takes it.

However, he has struggled to make the most of his chances over the last couple of years, both in a Tottenham and an Everton shirt, suggesting that it is understandable that Lampard doesn’t seem to have much faith in him right now.

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