Sky Sports pundit predicts big future at Everton still for Dele Alli after recent ups and downs
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Kevin Campbell has seen enough from Dele Alli to be confident that he will be a success at Everton, despite mixed fortunes in the preseason.
After arriving as a deadline day signing in January the former England international had a difficult start to life with the Toffees, often being overlooked for midfield spots in favour of a host of teammates, but showed signs of the player everyone knows he can be late in the relegation battle.
A glaring miss in the 4-0 preseason defeat to Minnesota United gave fuel to the constant speculation that he might be sold before he plays enough games to trigger a fee to be payable to Tottenham, but Sky Sports pundit Campbell believes he is a confidence player, and the two goals he scored to win the subsequent friendly against Blackpool are just what he needs.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News on if he sees the move working out long term he said: “I do. I do think there is a big future for him at Everton.
“I looked at it, the last home game of the season against Crystal Palace.
“Two down, Dele Alli was on the bench. Frank Lampard changed things and brought Dele Alli on, and I think he was brilliant in the second half.
“Really put Everton on the front foot, played well and really done the business. Really helped Everton get over the line.
“So to see preseason he’d missed a couple, that can happen.
“But I think Dele Alli’s a confidence player.
“And you know, you score a couple, you come back home after poor results in America – I’m sure they’d done a lot of hard work obviously – poor results out there, but you come back [and] play Blackpool, who are not a bad Championship side by the way, not a bad side, and score a couple of goals [to] beat them 4-2.
“I think that’ll be really good for Dele Alli’s confidence.
“He needs that. That’s what he needs. Probably needs another couple of games and score in another couple of games to get that feeling back because he hasn’t had that feeling in a long time.”
The performance in the rousing come-back win to secure Premier League survival last season was the kind that Lampard hoped for when he brought in the former Spurs star.
They were too rare during his first six months with the club, but with a full preseason under the new manager, and the support of his teammates being evident during his goalscoring turn against Blackpool, he could be set for an important role this term.
If he could be spared the constant scrutiny and speculation that has trailed him in some sections of the media it would no doubt help.
The club have been pursuing options in the transfer market that might have taken opportunities from him, such as Morgan Gibbs-White and Jesse Lingard, but with those moves proving unsuccessful perhaps the stars are finally aligning for him to come to prominence on Merseyside.