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Everton Agree To Sell This Underperforming Playmaker To Besiktas: Good Move For Both Parties?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent tweet, journalist Gokmen Ozcan mentioned that Everton have agreed to sell Dele Alli to Besiktas this month. It has been stated that the Toffees have struck an agreement with the Turkish club over the English playmaker’s transfer this summer.

Alli’s Poor Spell At Goodison Park Thus Far

Alli has endured an underwhelming spell at Merseyside as he has struggled to be productive with his performances on the attacking third of the pitch. The English talent has failed to score or assist a goal in 13 appearances for Everton so far.

The 26-year-old saw most of his game time come off the bench which could be why he only averaged 0.6 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He needs to improve his accuracy when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half based on his pass success rate of 73% in league football (stats via whoscored).

At the moment, Alli finds himself on the fringes of Frank Lampard’s match-day squad. Thus, the player can benefit from a change of scenery before the end of this transfer window.


Everton Agree To Sell Alli To Besiktas: Good Move For Both Parties?

On his day, Alli can be a decent playmaker in the final third and has got the ability to strike the ball with power from long range. He can even make a few clever runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty box. Alli usually operates as an attacking midfielder but can even fill in as a right-sided wide player or play as a box-to-box midfielder if his manager tells him to do so.

However, the English attacker is currently struggling to play with confidence which could be why he has failed to be productive for Everton up top. He has looked like a shadow of his former self over the past couple of seasons and finds himself on the fringes of Frank Lampard‘s squad.

Therefore, Everton’s decision to sell him to Besiktas on a permanent basis will be a good move for both the player and the Merseyside club in the long run. The Toffees can benefit from getting Alli’s name off their wagebill and can choose to use the money generated from his sale to bring some quality into their squad.

The former Tottenham Hotspur talent can also enjoy playing regularly in Turkish football which might be enough to help him to get his career back on track.

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