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Dele Alli will play 78 minutes on his Besiktas debut after his loaned transfer from Everton… with the former Tottenham midfielder only starting his THIRD game this year in Turkey’s Super Lig win against Sivasspor
- Dele Alli made his first appearance at Besiktas since being loaned out from Everton
- The 26-year-old star replaced Berkay Vardar in the starting eleven of the Turkish giants
- He was then replaced by ex-West Brom boss Valerien Ismael with 12 minutes to go
- Besiktas can sign midfielder Alli before January for £6million or next summer for £8million
Dele Alli was named to a starting squad for the third time this year when he made his debut for Besiktas in their 3-1 win against Sivasspor.
The 26-year-old midfielder replaced Berkay Vardar in the starting XI of his new squad, playing 78 minutes in the Vodafone Arena for the Turkish giants as they surpassed Gaziantep FK on goal difference to top the table.
The former Tottenham star – who was loaned to Everton from Besiktas last week – was then replaced with 12 minutes left and his side 3-0 to Kerem Atakan Kesgin on Monday night.
Dele Alli played 78 minutes when he made his debut for Besiktas following his move from Everton
The 26-year-old got his first start on Monday in Besiktas’ 3-1 win against Sivasspor
Besiktas striker Wout Weghorst – loaned from Championship side Burnley – was among the goalscorers for the home side, while Everton flop Cenk Tosun replaced Valerien Ismael’s side.
Alli’s three starts in 2022 were each for a different club, namely Tottenham, Everton and Besiktas.
Last week, he completed a season-long loan to the Turkish side, who will pay £1.9million as a loan fee and put the 26-year-old on a permanent contract for £6million before January or £8million next summer.
Alli, 26, is hoping to revive his career after failing to impress at Goodison Park since his free transfer from Spurs in January.
It was only the third time he was mentioned in a starting squad this year, all for different clubs
Besiktas striker Wout Weghorst – loaned from Championship side Burnley – scored in the match
Everton signed Alli as they battled relegation last winter in the hopes that he would rediscover the form that made him one of England’s best early career prospects.
Alli had fallen in the pecking order at Spurs and dropped out of the draw for the national team.
Alli, who has 37 caps for England, made 11 appearances when the Toffees dodged the drop but failed to score. He had also appeared as a substitute twice this season.
Everton manager Frank Lampard warned Alli last week that he risks ruining his career if he doesn’t find the same focus that made him one of the game’s best young stars.
Alli completed a transfer from Everton last week, with Besiktas having options to sign him permanently
Just four years ago, Alli was a key member of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, scoring in the quarter-final against Sweden and being twice named PFA Young Player of the Year.
Lampard said: “I have a lot of empathy for the trajectory of his career in a way because it’s plain to see. I don’t have to dress that up in any way.
“After working closely with him for a period of time, I have to say that he really needs to understand the relationship between training and focus and what that means for performance at the highest level.
“It’s not just Dele’s story, I would say that to any player because that’s all I know. I wasn’t a saint, but I know what training can do and focus can do, and he really needs to take that in hand.”
The 26-year-old midfielder made 11 appearances when the Toffees dodged the drop
Everton manager Frank Lampard warned Alli he risks ruining his career