Frank Lampard warns Dele Alli to focus on loan at Besiktas or see his career fail


Frank Lampard warns Dele Alli to focus on loan move to Besiktas or watch his career continue to slide – echoing Jose Mourinho’s infamous comments about former England midfield star

  • Frank Lampard laments Dele Alli’s approach to training after working with star
  • Everton boss warns 26-year-old to regain focus to save career
  • Warning echoes Jose Mourinho’s 2020 comments about former England man
  • Alli joined Turkish side Besiktas on a season-long loan from The Toffees

Everton manager Frank Lampard has warned Dele Alli he risks seeing his career ruined if he doesn’t find the same focus that has made him one of the game’s top young stars.

The former England midfielder moved to Besiktas on a season-long loan last week, seven months after joining the Toffees from Tottenham.

Just four years ago Alli was a key member of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, scoring in the quarter-final win over Sweden and twice being named PFA Young Player of the Year .

Dele Alli moved to Everton from Tottenham in January but the move only lasted 7 months

Frank Lampard has warned Alli he needs to regain his focus on loan from Besiktas

Frank Lampard has warned Alli he needs to regain his focus on loan from Besiktas

The move to Goodison was aimed at rejuvenating the 26-year-old’s career, but he has only played 13 times for the Merseyside club, 12 of them as a substitute.

Lampard believes the playmaker’s downward spiral has to do with his approach to training and says he needs to find his focus if he is to rediscover the kind of form that made him an England regular.

“I have great empathy for the trajectory of his career in a way because it’s clear to see. I don’t need to dress her up in any way. Lampard said.

Alli only made 13 appearances for The Toffees and was mainly used as a substitute for Frank Lampard

Alli only made 13 appearances for The Toffees and was mainly used as a substitute for Frank Lampard

“Having worked closely with him for some time, I have to say he really needs to understand the relationship between training and focus on what that means for performance at the highest level.

“It’s not just Dele’s story, I would tell any player that because it’s the only thing I know.

“I wasn’t a saint, but I know what training can do and focus can do, and that’s something he really needs to consider.

“If he can, it can be not only a good thing for him, but also for the teammates around him in the team. He’s at that point. This is the test for him now.

The former England midfielder was greeted as a hero when he arrived in Turkey this week

The former England midfielder was greeted as a hero when he arrived in Turkey this week

The comments echo Jose Mourinho’s infamous message to Alli during their time together at Tottenham, which went viral after appearing in the Amazon Prime documentary about the club.

Mourinho then warned Dele in 2020 that he would regret not demanding more of himself, and it’s a sentiment his current manager has continued to advise his player.

‘He has to. Every player must do this. This sport is too elite at the top. If you want to be in that bracket, or be influential at a club like Everton or Tottenham, or anywhere. It’s just too elitist.

All smiles on Lampard and Alli in January, but it's a move that didn't work out as expected

All smiles on Lampard and Alli in January, but it’s a move that didn’t work out as expected

“Each player should have a version of what works best for them and what gets the most out of it.

“Not every player will practice as much as a certain player, but the concentration has to be there and if you don’t have it it’s really, really difficult.”

Everton confirmed the signing of Neal Maupay from Brighton yesterday but ahead of next week’s deadline there is still speculation over Anthony Gordon’s future.

Lampard says there is no pressure to sell the Under-21 star and denies Chelsea made £60m for the striker. He continues to warn his former club that the Toffees have drawn a deadline for any transfers to be completed, and they are fast approaching.

Frank Lampard drew a

Frank Lampard has drawn a ‘red line’ on Anthony Gordon’s possible move to Chelsea

“That’s absolutely not happening at this stage and that’s where we are,” Lampard said. “I have respect for Chelsea because I played for them, but my biggest job now is to figure out what I have to do here and the situation we find ourselves in is that Anthony doesn’t leave this club. “

He added: “We have drawn a red line. I won’t say where it is but I’m getting very close to it. It’s my job to build the best team, so there definitely needs to be a time when we understand what the team will be like.

“Especially with a player at Anthony’s level, I have to know he’s going to be here and the good thing is myself and everyone involved upstairs has the same kind of thinking.”

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