By Declan Walsh

22nd Jul, 2022 | 8:40am

Daily Mail journalist Joe Bernstein has torn Dele Alli to shreds for his embarrassing miss against Minnesota United while on pre-season tour with Everton.

With an open goal gaping in front of him, the 26-year-old midfielder managed to make a complete mess of his effort after a pinpoint cross into the box by Mason Holgate.

Minnesota, who have existed for just seven years, won the game 4-0 on Thursday (22 July).

Writing for the Daily Mail on Friday (22 July, page 85) Bernstein said: “Dele Alli’s miss of the century contender for Everton against MLS side Minnesota United is a new low for a one-time teenage star now in danger of being washed up at 26.

“Even the most technically challenged park player would have backed themselves to tap home from a couple of yards in the middle of the goal under no pressure.

“Instead, the former England man couldn’t get his feet sorted and fell over in shame as the ball dribbled wide, leaving team-mate Mason Holgate – who had crossed – with his hands on his head in horror.”

Bernstein added: “Spurs let him go to Everton in January without asking for a penny up front but even at £0 it has not been a bargain. Lampard started him only once in four months last season. So far, the tour of America has left a bad smell.

Embarrassing

We’ll never get stressed about pre-season results.

At the end of the day, these matches are purely for financial gain and for players to build up their match fitness.

Ultimately, the result means nothing.

However, when you see a Premier League team lose 4-0 against a fairly new MLS club, you have every right to be worried for them and that’s how a lot of Evertonians are feeling right now.

We left it late last season to avoid relegation from the Premier League and if there weren’t enough teams worse than us last term, we could have easily suffered the drop.

Frank Lampard did oversee an improvement on what Rafa Benitez did at Goodison but the squad is now in a worse state than it was when last summer’s transfer window closed and when Lampard took charge.

Alli was signed by Lampard on a free transfer for Tottenham but we’re yet to see a shred of value in that deal.

He has to improve but unfortunately, he’s not the only one.

Everton’s transfer business is seriously limited due to the wretched ownership of Farhad Moshiri so it’s down to the current squad to step up their game.

Do we have faith in them doing that?

For some of them, yes. For those like Alli, we’re worried.