Danny Murphy backs ‘ruthless’ Sean Dyche to help Dele Alli get back on track at Everton – and suggests the former England international ‘needs a bit of love’
Dele Alli’s loan spell at Besiktas came to a disappointing end after just 15 games
He was pictured with nitrous oxide and alcohol bottles on his return to the UK
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Danny Murphy has backed Sean Dyche to get the best out of Dele Alli at Everton given the former Burnley boss’ no-nonsense attitude.
Dele returned to Goodison Park at the end of the previous campaign after picking up an injury on loan at Besiktas in Turkey.
It has been a startling fall from grace for one of England’s brightest talents, having struggled to replicate the hugely impressive performances he put in at Tottenham for a number of years.
On his return from Turkey Dele’s reputation plummeted further after being pictured with nitrous oxide canisters and booze in April, adding to the speculation over his future at Everton under Dyche.
Yet Murphy believes it does not have to be the end for the midfielder at Everton, and that Dyche – a well-known disciplinarian – will also be able to give the 27-year-old a guiding hand as he looks to get his career back on track.
‘He was a player we were very excited about when he came,’ a furious Ahmet Nur Cebi said. ‘He won’t come back. We didn’t get what we expected from him.
‘I hope he recovers as a human.’
Alli scored three goals in his 15 total appearances for Besiktas and clearly has plenty of work to do if he is to convince Dyche to give him another chance at Everton.
The 37-cap England international has played 13 times for the Toffees since joining on a free transfer in 2022, although the deal could potentially rise to £40million.
His club will need to pay Spurs £10m if he reaches 20 appearances and he has just a year remaining on a contract that costs Everton £100,000-a-week.
Dyche has hinted that Alli will need to improve his attitude to be successful.
‘Some of the stuff that’s been said and reported… he’s 27 and like other players knows certain things and what they should or shouldn’t be doing,’ Dyche said.
‘Forget about Everton for a minute, as a manager you can’t control everything they do in their lives.
‘You can only guide people with what you think is good for them and eventually they have choices. We recommend they make good choices.’
Team-mate Alex Iwobi, meanwhile, believes Alli was frozen out at the club because Lampard was unable to trust him due to his questionable efforts in training.
‘When it comes to training matches, he is a joke,’ Iwobi said on FilthyFellas.
‘When it comes to drills – he tries, but because he’s slow with it. When it comes to games, he will score and assist or something.
‘It was hard for him to play. If you’re not just doing it in training, and at the time, the manager needed reliable players.
‘He couldn’t really put his trust in him. We all know Dele could have performed.’