Dele Alli presence 'changed the game' in Everton's win over Crystal Palace says Alan Stubbs
Frank Lampard introducing Everton midfielder Dele Alli in win over Crystal Palace was a game changer according to former defender Alan Stubbs.
Alli has endured a torrid start to his Goodison Park career but finally made an impact after coming off the bench in the Toffees’ 3-2 come back win to secure their Premier League safety.
Stubbs felt that the introduction of the midfielder was the catalyst for Everton’s memorable win.
Talking on talkSPORT breakfast on Friday [07:00, 20 May], Stubbs said: “He changed the game all because of his presence on the pitch and putting himself in intelligent positions to hurt the Crystal Palace defenders.
“He was affecting the game without even touching the ball and Everton didn’t have that in the first half.”
Stubbs added: “For all the games he’s missed, his 45-minute contribution was worth it.”
Much needed for Alli
Alli has had a miserable start to his Everton career after his January transfer move from Tottenham.
On the surface, a player like Alli is not the type of player you want in a relegation battle, and for much of his time at Goodison that has looked like ringing true.
However, his performance last night was more like the Alli of old and desperately needed.
With talk of the Toffees already wanting to offload the midfielder, Alli needed to find some form in a blue shirt and he couldn’t have picked a better moment.
Lampard will be thrilled the January signing has been able to make a meaningful impact on Everton’s season.
The challenge now for the midfielder is to maintain the level of performance he displayed against Palace.
Too often in his Spurs days, Alli would lack consistency.
He can be a world beater one week and a park footballer the next and it is time to change that at Goodison Park.
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