Dele Alli approaches rock bottom with poor Besiktas spell failing to save career

Dele Alli is quickly approaching rock bottom at Besiktas, with manager Senol Gunes publicly expressing his disappointment at the on-loan Everton midfielder.

Alli, 26, has been desperately vying to reignite his dwindling career following his marvelling displays as a youngster at MK Dons and Tottenham Hotspur, and it was hoped that a move to Everton in January would spark his stagnating form back to life.

However, the two-time Premier League Young Player of the Year failed to register a single goal or assist at Goodison Park, starting just one top-flight match for the Toffees – a 5-1 defeat at Arsenal once their Premier League status had been confirmed.

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Once tipped to be the shining star in another golden generation for England, Alli headed out to Istanbul during the summer transfer window with the aim of saving his career from capitulation. But in an ever-present theme, it hasn't quite gone to plan for the ex-Spurs ace.

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Recording just a solitary goal so far in the Turkish Super Lig, Besiktas boss Senol Gunes has slammed Alli for a lack of output in his seven appearances for the Black Eagles.

"I couldn't affect the players [yet], now I can easily touch them, but we haven't touched Dele Alli yet," said Gunes ahead of this weekend's Istanbul derby against Galatasaray. "Let's not discuss Dele Alli as a player, but he is below expectations in terms of efficiency."

Leaving Spurs in a potential deal worth up to £40m in January, the north Londoners are yet to receive a single penny for Alli. Antonio Conte 's side were due the first instalment of £10m once he had racked up 20 appearances for the Toffees, which Alli is still yet to accomplish.

Tottenham also retained a 25% fee for any future sales, which might come in handy if Besiktas decide to trigger one of two option-to-buy clauses in Alli's contract.

The Turkish giants can sign the England international for £8m at the end of the season, or £6m should they do so before January. If Besiktas do opt to sign Alli on a permanent basis, Tottenham would receive a maximum of £2m.


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