By Jonty Banks

24th Nov, 2022 | 7:10pm

Dele Alli cannot return to Everton after 'falling off a cliff' in recent years - Pundit

Dele Alli has no future at Everton after “falling off a cliff” in the past few seasons and must look for football elsewhere, according to former Toffees captain Alan Stubbs.

After joining Everton from Tottenham for a fee rising to £40 million in February, the 26-year-old made just 11 appearances in the second half of the season and failed to impress new manager Frank Lampard.

The England international is currently on a season-long loan at Besiktas after being released by The Toffees in the summer transfer window, scoring one goal in seven appearances for the club.

Although a two-time winner of the PFA’s Young Player of the Year award, Stubbs believes Alli’s stock has fallen dramatically after bursting onto the scene as a flamboyant teenager at Spurs.

Speaking to Football Betting, the former Everton captain said: “Dele doesn’t have a future at Everton. It’s a strange situation because I don’t think I can ever remember a player falling off a cliff as quickly as Alli has.

“I don’t know what’s gone on in his private life but to go from being an England international to not being anywhere near that level is really bizarre.

“I personally feel sorry for him because something has gone drastically wrong. He’s still got plenty of years left in him but he looks like he’s lost the love for football.”

Fall from grace

Alli’s decline as a footballer has been one of the saddest stories to watch in recent years.

After receiving a hero’s welcome at his Super Lig club – with fans flocking to greet him at Istanbul airport – he has left fans disappointed with a lack of match fitness and a lack of impetus when starting games.

Undoubtedly talented and a player who, when at his best, can hit the double figures column for both goals and assists, there is a footballer within the frazzled Evertonian’s head – but how to find that is another matter entirely.

Unless the 26-year-old finds his mojo and rediscovers his scoring boots, Everton should cut their losses and release Alli from the club.

The midfielder is also only a handful of games away from Everton having to pay Spurs £10 million in the first part of their £40 million agreed fee, which could lead to The Toffees cutting ties with the Englishman entirely.