Dele Alli ‘is unlikely to return to Everton this month despite Besiktas being desperate to offload the flop – with no break clause in his deal and the Toffees wanting full payment of the £1m loan fee’
Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas are reportedly keen to bring Dele Alli back to Everton but any return seems unlikely barring a break clause in his loan agreement.
Alli, 26, joined Besiktas on loan from Everton last summer in a bid to kick-start his new career after a difficult few years.
The former Tottenham man appeared delighted to have arrived in Turkey last summer, with supporters noting the return of a broad smile that seemed to have left Alli in the midst of the most difficult phase of his career.
Besiktas want to bring Dele Alli back to Everton – but any deal to do so looks unlikely
The move failed with Alli struggling to make an impact in a Besiktas side currently fifth in the league.
According to reports, as a result of his struggles and their disappointment with his performance levels, Besiktas want to bring him back to England.
However, this is reportedly unlikely, with no break clause existing in the agreement between the two clubs and an expectation on Everton’s part that if they end the loan early, they will still be responsible for paying his wages in full and the pre-agreed £1m loan fee.
The ex-Tottenham midfielder has had a torrid time in Turkey since joining from Everton on loan
Alli has only appeared in a total of 450 minutes in seven league games for Besiktas so far this season, with his only goal coming in his second game.
The reports mark another low point in Alli’s career, who after bursting onto the scene with Tottenham and England has struggled to grapple with a sharp decline in performance.
Under Mauricio Pochettino, Alli emerged as one of the best young talents the country has produced, as he steered his side to three top-flight finishes in the Premier League.
His role in that team’s success has not been overlooked, with Alli twice named PFA Young Player of the Year, in 2015-16 and 2016-17, as well as making the team of the year in each of those seasons.
Following Pochettino’s departure, Alli struggled under Jose Mourinho, with the player often left out and appearing completely unsuited to the Portuguese’s management style.
In a bid to arrest the decline of his career at the highest level, Alli joined Everton for a reported fee that could reach £40m in January with Frank Lampard convinced the club was for him. However, he was loaned to Besiktas after just six months as all parties agreed that it was best for his career at that stage.
The midfielder has struggled to make an impact following his encouraging start to life in Istanbul
He endured a nightmare fall from grace after lighting up the Premier League at Tottenham
The move appears to have backfired, with Besiktas boss Senol Gunes publicly calling Alli out for his ineffective performances in November after he was hauled off at half-time against Umraniyespor in late October.
‘I can’t affect the players [yet]now I can easily get past them, but we haven’t got past Dele Alli,’ he said.
‘Let’s not discuss Dele Alli as a player, but he is below expectations in terms of efficiency.’
The midfielder was recently hooked off the pitch after 29 minutes after struggling for Besiktas
Senol Gunes went public with his disappointing performances last year – but there seems to be no sign of an improvement
Alli was booed off the pitch by his own fans in his team’s last game before Christmas after he was substituted in the 29th minute of the Turkish Cup game.
He posted on social media afterwards about his love for football and how he has no intention of giving up the sport.
Since then, Alli has been an unused substitute in two league games.