By Peter Lynch

7th Apr, 2023 | 11:10am

Everton left red-faced yet again as £10.4m-a-year Dele Alli development emerges

Everton have endured a difficult season both on and off the pitch, with their struggles in both areas not stopping anytime soon.

On the pitch, the Toffees have failed to kick on from their huge scare last season when they stayed in the top flight by just four points.

This time around, they find themselves four points off the very bottom of the table, with their goal difference currently the only thing keeping them out of the relegation zone.

Off the pitch, meanwhile, the club continue to hit the headlines for the cost of their proposed new stadium, along with the disastrous reign of owner Farhad Moshiri.

Matters were simply heightened at the end of March when Everton revealed their accounts for the year ending June 2022, with the accounts showing a ​​reported statutory loss of £44.7m.

The embarrassments have been laid bare for Moshiri and his friends in the Everton boardroom, with the Alli situation typifying just how poorly things have been run lately.

A huge future fee of £40million hangs over the head of the midfielder, who was brought to Goodison Park on the premise that he could undoubtedly return to his Tottenham glory days.

It is, in fact, the opposite of what has happened to the 26-year-old at Everton, with the once-talented midfielder failing to score or register an assist from his 11 matches in Blue last season.

His barren run continued at the beginning of the current campaign in matches against Chelsea and Aston Villa, before the club had finally had enough and sent him out on loan to find some form again at Besiktas.

But, perhaps unsurprisingly, the temporary move backfired, with Alli reportedly banished from the Besiktas matchday squad last month, according to Turkish media outlet Takvim.

With no mention of the former Spurs ace returning to the Toffees on wages closer to £200,000-a-week (£10.4million-a-year) in the recent financial report, nobody is any the wiser about what will happen to Alli in the months to come [Daily Mail].

His future, along with that of his teammates who are also on huge wage packages, is unclear, a situation that will no doubt be worsened should the Toffees suffer relegation to the Championship.

Wasting money on needless transfers has been the downfall of many clubs over the years, with Everton fans desperate to avoid such a scenario.

It remains highly unlikely that Alli has a future at Goodison Park, but also highly unlikely that the Toffees will receive any sort of significant fee should they get him off their books in the summer.