Dele Alli told his career could be ‘all over’ as reality sets in
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Dele Alli has been warned his career could be coming to an end following his disastrous spell at Besiktas. Ally McCoist and Ray Parlour have both given their honest verdicts on where the former Tottenham star goes from here.
Alli has gone from one of Europe’s brightest young players to a forgotten talent in a matter of a couple of years. He fell out of favour at Tottenham under Jose Mourinho and eventually left the club in January 2022.
Everton took a chance on him but Frank Lampard was unable to help him rediscover the form he had shown for both Spurs and England. Alli signed for Besiktas last August on a season-long loan.
He has made 15 appearances so far in the league, scoring two goals. But the Turkish club changed manager in October and new boss Senol Gunes is not a fan of the midfielder.
Gunes no longer plans to pick Alli in a squad for the rest of the season, with his last appearance in the 0-0 draw with Antalyaspor on February 26. Besiktas will not be taking up the £8million clause to buy him in the summer.
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Former footballers and pundits have been giving their opinion on Alli. Ex-Tottenham striker Darren Bent has warned him his future is not in the Premier League.
Rangers legend McCoist admits he feels sad to see the demise of Alli’s career. And he questioned whether it could be the end of the road for him at the age of 26.
McCoist said on talkSPORT: “I actually find it very, very sad. I really do. That talent. Is it too late now? Is it all over?”
TalkSPORT host Alan Brazil stepped in with his opinion. He said: “That’s it, who’s going to take a chance now?”
Parlour then outlined how he feels Alli could reignite his career. The former Arsenal star says Alli must make financial sacrifices for any club to want to take a chance on him.
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Parlour said: “The problem is, they’re on big money, suddenly the player now has got to say ‘right, I’m going to take a massive pay cut and prove myself to people’.
“That’s what I would do. If you had a little bit about you, say ‘pay me as I play, let me prove I’m still a top player’.
“Because you can get paid every week, you know what football’s like. Footballers are in total control because whatever happens in your career, you still get the same money if you sign a contract.
“Now he’s got to now go and prove that he is a top player – he must have been a top player at one stage because he was playing for England.”
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