“We all knew he could do well.”
“Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi has revealed the reason for Dele Alli’s failure,” the British ‘Daily Mail’ reported on the 26th (KST).
Alli was touted as “England’s greatest talent” after his move to Tottenham in 2015. The 19-year-old scored 10 Premier League goals in his first season at the club in 2015-2016, followed by 18 the following season, signalling the arrival of a new prodigy.
Along with Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, and Christian Eriksen, he formed a ‘DESK’ line that helped Spurs rise to the top of the table. Sky Sports in the UK described him as “the next superstar to follow in Wayne Rooney’s footsteps”.
However, his form quickly declined. His flashes of brilliance disappeared and his movement became sluggish. Unable to compete, he moved to Everton in the 2021-2022 winter transfer window.안전놀이터
He didn’t succeed at Everton either. Eventually, he went on loan to Besiktas JK in August 2022. However, his season came to an early end when he went on the operating table due to an injury.
According to reports, Iwobi revealed the reason for Ali’s failure. According to him, it was Ali’s “training attitude”.
“He will admit it himself. He was not a player who was serious about training. He was only good in training when he was in a match,” he said.
“In training matches, Ali is tremendous. But in detailed training, he doesn’t move fast. He tries. In training matches, he scores goals and assists.”
Iwobi added: “It was not easy for Ali to get a chance to play in this situation. He was not conscientious in training and the team needed someone the manager could trust. Frank Lampard didn’t trust him,” he said.
“We all know that he was capable of doing well,” he added.
Iwobi’s testimony also brought back memories of a conversation between Jose Mourinho and Ali. In 2020, Amazon Prime Video’s “All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur” included footage of Ali’s consultation with Mourinho, who was managing Tottenham at the time.
“I’ve never doubted your potential,” Mourinho tells Alli. I’ve seen you play well and make great plays. But for some time now, I’ve noticed that you’ve been going up and down,” Mourinho said, adding, “I want you to think about how your career was good, how you were going high, and why you’re now going down and down and down.”
“I don’t want you to be the best player in every game. I don’t expect you to score a goal every game. I just want to tell you that you might regret it later,” Mourinho wrote bitterly.
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