[PLAYER INFO] Dele Alli’s Downfall

According to the world-class football journalist, Fabrizio Romano, Dele Alli signed with Turkey football league club, Besiktas as a loan deal from Everton. He has already arrived in Istanbul like 4 hours ago. He will undergo medical by tomorrow. According to a professional soccer coach, Connor, the Turkey football league is ranked 16th in the world and the Premier League is ranked 1st in the 2022 season. Alli is dropping from 1st to 16th league. His highest market value was $110m in 2018 and $17.6m now. I wonder what happened to him seriously…

Source: Transfermarkt

In this post, I would like to share how Alli great was. Let’s get it!

Basic Info:

Dele Alli’s full name is Bamidele Jermaine Alli. He was born in April 11, 1996, 26-year-old, English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder. He was born and raised in Milton Keynes, the largest settlement in Buckinghamshire, England.

Early Career:

Alli joined the youth system at Milton Keynes Dons when he was 11 years old. He made his debut for the first team as a 16-year-old on Nov 2, 2012, as a substitution. On Sep 28, 2013, he scored his first professional league goal. He made 37 appearances in all competitions during the 2013-14 season and scored 7 goals. Alli became the first-choice central midfield in the 2014-15 season. He made 39 appearances and scored 16 goals in the 2014-15 season.

Alli at MK Dons in 2015
Source: Sky Sports

2014-15 Season:

Tottenham’s former manager, Mauricio Pochettino was paying attention to him, and on Feb 2, 2015, Alli signed for Tottenham Hotspur on a five-and-a-half-year deal for a $5m fee. Since he was too young, he was immediately loaned back to MK Dons for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. He was awarded as the Young Player of the Year in that season.

Alli and Pochettino
Source: The Guardian

2015-16 Season:

On Aug 8, 2015, Alli made his Tottenham debut against Man United in the Premier League as a substitute. Two weeks later, he scored his first goal for the club after coming on for Christian Eriksen against Leicester City.

On Sep 13, 2015, he made his first start for the club against Sunderland. He scored a 25-yard volley in a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace, and people said he would become the next Zidan on that day.

Alli’s wonderful volley goal
Souce: Ragnar’s Youtube

He made 18 appearances and scored 5 goals, and 3 assists during the 2015-16 season. It was a pretty great start for him, so he signed a new long-term contract until 2021. He was also awarded for 2015-16 and 2016-17’s’s PFA Young Player of the Year.

2016-17 Season:

He made 37 appearances and scored 18 goals, and 9 assists during the season in the Premier League. His market value was dramatically increased to around $50m on June 28, 2017, from $5m.

Alli won PFA Young Player of the Year in 2016
Source: Daily Mail

2017-18 Season:

Pretty impressive attacking points. However, his performance started decreasing from the 2017-18 season. He made 36 appearances and scored 9 goals, and 11 assists during the season in the Premier League. It was decreased from the last season’s attacking points 27 to 20.

2018-19 Season:

In Oct 2018, Alli signed a new six-year deal at Tottenham, so the club would keep him until 2024. His market value increased to $110m at the same time, but his performance even decreased. He made 25 appearances, scored 5 goals, and had 3 assists in the Premier League.

2019-20 Season:

His market value started decreasing from the 2019-20 season because Mauricio Pochettino who was taking care of Alli in mental so much, was dismissed by the club to be replaced by Jose Mourinho in Nov 2019. Mourinho liked Harry Kane to play as an attacking midfielder and centre-forward, and Alli was playing in a deeper midfielder role, so he played better than the last season. Everyone expected him to rebound. He made 25 appearances and scored 8 goals, and 4 assists during the season. He was left out of the England squad since 2019.

Alli and Mourinho
Source: Football London

2020-21 Season:

However, Alli was reportedly out of favor with Mourinho in the 2020-21 season because he posted a video on his Snapchat account in which he was making fun of Asians while joking about the COVID-19 outbreak. He was also fined $50,000 and had to take an education course. Mourinho didn’t want to use players who making issues, so he made only 15 appearances, no goal, and only 1 assist.

Alli’s Snapchat video
Source: Guardian Football’s Youtube

2021-22 Season:

He made 21 appearances but scored only one goal, and no assist during the 2021-22 season. He became a useless player at Tottenham obviously.

In Jan 2022, he moved to Everton with a free transfer, but it could rise to $40m if certain performance benchmarks are met. The first $10m would be due after 20 appearances for Everton, but he made 13 appearances so far. As a result, Tottenham couldn’t make any profit with Alli. Everton decided to not use him at the club, so sending him to the Turkish football league club this week.

Alli signing with Everton
Source: Everton’s Website

I think the reason for his downfall is he achieved success too suddenly. He became arrogant after the success and started to be lazy on training and self-discipline. He also drank a lot of alcohol and had a lot of trouble with girls. This is why how training hard and taking care of oneself hard is important, not just for players, but every people. If he gets himself together in the Premier League, he might still have another chance. Poor Alli…

What do you think is the reason for Alli’s falling?

Appreciate it if you leave your answer in comments:)

Dele Alli’s highlights
Source: Sports Moments’ Youtube

Thank you for reading:)


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