Frank Lampard ‘knows how’ to unlock the best Dele Alli once again after the midfielder’s deadline day transfer to Everton, his former MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told talkSPORT.
The Toffees swooped to strengthen the Goodison Park ranks with a last-gasp move for Alli on Monday. He arrived hours after Farhad Moshiri hired Lampard as the club’s latest head coach, and in tandem with Manchester United fringe star Donny van de Beek in a loan deal.
Everton did not pay Tottenham Hotspur an initial fee to secure Alli’s transfer on a two-and-a-half-year contract. Instead, the Blues owe Spurs £10m once the 25-year-old has made 20 appearances. He also can only reach the threshold next term having featured in the FA Cup.
Alli can end up costing Everton up to £40m due to further add-ons agreed with Tottenham for his transfer. Sky Sports report the extra clauses depend on team and individual results.
Alli had two-and-a-half-years remaining on his £100k-a-week contract with Spurs, prior to leaving. But Antonio Conte granted the 37-cap England midfielder’s structured departure, having seen enough in three-months in charge to determine his career is still in decline.
Everton’s deadline day transfer, Alli, scored 10 and 18 goals in his first two Premier League seasons under Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham. But the MK Dons product has failed to hit double digits in a single term since under Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo or Conte.
Robinson feels the problem may simply be Alli has struggled to find the form shown under Pochettino as he failed to establish the same relationship with those who would follow.
“Sometimes you just need to take a break from that actual situation,” Robinson said. “This move, going to Everton, could be the perfect recipe to find his form. He lives and breathes confidence, and it’s just that little bit of spark he’s going to need.
“There’s so much speculation and people want to criticise. It’s so easy within the modern industry to point fingers at people for different attitudes and hair-dos and so on and so forth. Everyone thinks that’s the reason you are playing poorly.
“Sometimes it is just that simple that you get on with a manager and they get the best out of you. Frank is, arguably, the best goalscoring midfielder in the Premier League we’ve seen. So, he knows how to coach him.”
Alli scored just once over his final 28 Premier League appearances for Tottenham before his transfer to Everton. His last goal was a penalty at Burnley in March 2020, while last scoring from open play against Norwich City that January with his ninth career left-footed strike.