By George Overhill

23rd Nov, 2022 | 8:01am

Everton return may be off for loanee Dele Alli with Besiktas coach set to offer reprieve

Dele Alli is set to receive another chance to impress Besiktas coach Senol Gunes according to Fotomac, which may rule out an Everton return.

The on-loan Toffees midfielder was reportedly unhappy with the sacking of former manager Valerien Ismael and was ready to leave the Turkish Super Lig club, according to a report from Takvim on 11 November.

And the Frenchman’s replacement, veteran Turkish boss Gunes, had given the former Spurs man a dismal assessment upon his appointment, stating via the Express that he was “below expectations in terms of efficiency”.

But according to the Fotomac report on Tuesday (22 November) there is still “hope” as Gunes will work closely with Dele during an intense training camp when the players return from leave on Thursday.

If the 26-year-old shows “determination” then the manager will offer him a reprieve and inform the club of his decision on the player’s status.

Last chance?

Dele has been more involved in Turkey than he surely would have been under Frank Lampard back in England, making eight appearances in all competitions and scoring twice.

He appeared to have lost his league place with the change in manager at the Vodafone Park, but did play the full 90 minutes and scored in the cup on 9 November.

That performance might have been enough to convince Gunes to give him another chance during the World Cup break.

The hope on all sides will be that the on-loan Everton man is able to grasp the opportunity, as a return to Merseyside at this point would represent multiple steps backwards for him.

Besiktas hold an option to make his move permanent, and while that remains unlikely at this point a strong second half to the season could see it triggered.

Considering the fact that the Toffees midfield is filled with options now it is hard to see Dele getting much of a look in if he returns, so building something in Europe will netting Everton some much-needing cash would be a positive development all round.