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Dele Alli faces yet more time on the sidelines after breaking down again in his long recovery from the hip problem he suffered while on loan at Besiktas last spring.

The one-time England sensation had his loan spell in Turkey cut short by the injury and he underwent surgery to correct the problem in the hope of returning to fitness by the autumn.

In parallel, he revealed that he had made a significant breakthrough with regard to his mental health after receiving treatment and counseling in the United States, offering hope that he might be able to return to his best form providing he could achieve full fitness.

Dele was on course to return to full training with the Everton squad in September but suffered a set-back and was again close to completing his rehabilitation this past month, even joining in some sessions with the rest of the senior squad at Finch Farm.

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However, rumours of him sustaining further injury emerged before Christmas and his latest message to Instagram backed those up, albeit without any specifics:

“As the year comes to an end, I just wanted to say thank you for the incredible support I’ve received over the last 12 months.

“This year has a been a little different for me. I’ve learned and experienced a lot, had ups and downs, but throughout it all you’ve always shown me so much love.

“Unfortunately the year isn’t ending as I would have hoped. I had been close to returning to full training but frustratingly I’ve had another setback with my injury.

"I’ll be out again for a short while but my outlook and mentality is nothing but positive. I’ll be attacking my physiotherapy and giving it everything to be back on the pitch as soon as possible.

“I hope you’ve had the year you wanted, and wishing you all nothing but the best for 2024. Happy New Year, see you guys soon.”

Dele's news throws fresh doubt on whether he will play for Everton again. The 27-year-old's contract is up in the summer at which point both he and the club would have to make an important decision on his future.

He can play six more games for the Toffees before a £10m payment to Tottenham Hotspur is triggered but if there are any doubts over his ability to return to full and consistent fitness, it may not be a risk Everton are prepared to take unless Spurs agree to restructure the terms of the deal that brought Dele to Goodison Park almost two years ago.

Preliminary talks between the two clubs have been held but no agreement has yet been reached, although unsubstantiated press reports last month claimed that Spurs had offered to lower the first tranche to £8m but in return for lowering the threshold at which that first payment would kick in from the previously agreed 20 appearances.


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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 01/01/2024 at 16:50:10
Ah, crap, that's too bad. Must be so monumentally frustrating for him.

I had really hoped to see him in our shirt again.

Pat Kelly
2 Posted 01/01/2024 at 17:46:55
I doubt he'll ever play again.
Jerome Shields
3 Posted 01/01/2024 at 17:48:54
His availability would have been useful in the coming months, as Dyche tried to juggle his threadbare squad.
Colin Glassar
4 Posted 01/01/2024 at 17:48:57
He’s now a dud. We have no room for sentimentality so we must find a way to get his wages off our books.
Dan Parker
5 Posted 01/01/2024 at 17:58:38
Might prove useful in the last five games of the season.
Andy Crooks
6 Posted 01/01/2024 at 18:01:42
Have the medical team been in touch with you, Pat!

Or is your post uninformed conjecture based on, well... nothing.

John Raftery
7 Posted 01/01/2024 at 18:22:35
Colin (4) How do we do that?
Brian Williams
8 Posted 01/01/2024 at 18:29:18
I believe the only way "we" could get his wages off our books is to loan him or sell him during this transfer window.

Thing is, clubs don't tend to want to loan or buy injured players.

Anthony A Hughes
9 Posted 01/01/2024 at 18:45:49
It's a shame. A fit and firing Dele Alli is a way above any others in terms of talent in our current squad of plodders.
Kevin Molloy
10 Posted 01/01/2024 at 19:08:02
I remember the video of Dele Alli arriving at Goodison being greeted by the new manager.

"We did it!" said Lampard.

You certainly did, Frank.

Robert Williams
11 Posted 01/01/2024 at 19:21:34
Everton should not Dilly Dally with Dele Alli — get shot!!
Peter Hodgson
12 Posted 01/01/2024 at 19:46:05
How long has he been out since returning from Turkey?

Is anyone still dumb enough to think we can salvage anything from this expensive mistake?

Smell the coffee and count the cost. Thanks Bill.

Robert Tressell
13 Posted 01/01/2024 at 19:51:42
One of our strangest ever transfers and it's cost the club an absolute fortune.

For those who don't like the idea of 777 Partners, at least they understand the value of money. The would absolutely 100% not have agreed to such daft terms (or indeed any terms) for a such rapidly deteriorating asset.

I wish Alli the best as a human being but he leaves Everton a very rich man for having contributed so little.

Mark Dunford
14 Posted 01/01/2024 at 20:05:52
Got to feel for someone whose career has followed such a strange trajectory.

I wish him well and wait for end of season. Doesn't seem to be any other choice.

Barry Rathbone
15 Posted 01/01/2024 at 20:05:56
When I was a young fella, I bought myself an old 4.2 litre Daimler Sovereign. It had a little dent but, other than that, looked the business. I used to roll up and play for the local team on a Sunday like Billy Big Bollocks, what an absolute joy.

But the bugger kept breaking down and I had to get rid. A potentially marvellous car that I just couldn't afford — that's Dele Alli I'm afraid.

Jim Bennings
16 Posted 01/01/2024 at 20:21:05
Crying shame it really is.

It's like having a prized possession in your house that's worth a fortune but you can't sell it on nor gain any benefits from it.

I don't think Dele Alli will ever play for Everton Football Club again, I might be wrong but I truly can't see that happening, my doubts whether he'll ever play football at the highest level again also.

Christy Ring
17 Posted 01/01/2024 at 20:23:39
A fully fit Alli after overcoming his mental issues would have been great, but his injuries are too constant unfortunately, and the money he's cost us is massive
Shaun McGough
18 Posted 01/01/2024 at 21:08:30
another free signing at start of next season for luton back to london he goes to line up with other ex blues in there midfield
Dave Lynch
19 Posted 01/01/2024 at 21:12:50
Well I haven't given up on the lad.
He was bound to have a set back in his rehab and it doesn't sound too serious.
DCL is a permanent sick note imo, I will forever be grateful to Deli for that performance against Palace, he was class that night.
I wish him all the best and would love to see him in an Everton shirt again.
Sam Hoare
20 Posted 01/01/2024 at 21:32:59
A fit and firing Alli would be the best Doucoure alternative we could possibly hope for. But it was always a long, long shot.

If he leaves this summer and then we sign him again on a different contract would we still owe Spurs any money if we played him?!

Derek Knox
21 Posted 01/01/2024 at 21:39:43
What a pity, but not entirely unexpected !

Sam @ 20, very good point, maybe that is what they are working towards. A fit Dele would be a massive boost to our squad even if next season, as a 'free'. He is still young enough to play for a few years if the fitness/contract obstacle can be overcome !

Bill Gall
22 Posted 01/01/2024 at 21:46:03
dive dive dive
Peter Mills
23 Posted 01/01/2024 at 21:49:48
Given the madness that has surrounded our Club for the past 6/7 years, the strangeness of the circumstances of the signing of Dele, who knows what might happen in the last few games of the season?
Dan Nulty
24 Posted 01/01/2024 at 22:36:43
Ger him fit, firing the last 5 games hoping to win a contract elsewhere. No payment to Spurs.
Paul Birmingham
25 Posted 01/01/2024 at 23:07:48
I hope Deli, recovers and is available for selection, as he would be a good boost to the squad, as an impact sub, at least initially.
Steve Griffiths
26 Posted 01/01/2024 at 23:27:52
Dave @19,

So you'll forever be grateful to Dele Alli for a 45-minute cameo against Palace, but not Calvert-Lewin for an outstanding diving header to win the same game? What the fuck?

Dean Williams
28 Posted 01/01/2024 at 23:43:02
Don't feel sorry for him. Probably on £120,000 a week for doing sweet fuck-all.
Robert Tressell
29 Posted 01/01/2024 at 23:57:00
Barry #15, your Daimler Sovereign was more like James Rodriguez in that you at least got to use it before it inevitably conked out.

The Dele Alli deal was a bit like buying a 6-month-old Range Rover that's been written off in a crash, but on a 2-year hire purchase deal for the privilege of it sitting stationary on your driveway – and then a big lump sum on top if you can ever get it going again.

Mark Taylor
30 Posted 02/01/2024 at 01:16:58
Andy @6,

It's hardly uninformed conjecture. It appears he is on his 8th hamstring issue, maybe more. They started back in 18/19 and have been close to continuous, breaking down shortly after recovering each time. That much recurring tissue injury starts affecting the rest of the body too.

He has started precisely 1 game for us since he joined. Hence it might only be conjecture, but given this record, and the fact he's not getting any younger, I think any reasonable person would have severe doubts about whether he would play again, at least not in the fast pace of the Premier League.

Dupont Koo
31 Posted 02/01/2024 at 01:17:14
He has been a sunk cost and is on a contract expiring in 6 months.

Nothing to see here and nothing new.

Laurie Hartley
33 Posted 02/01/2024 at 04:34:17
We'll see – I haven't given up hope for him.
Jerome Shields
34 Posted 02/01/2024 at 04:46:27
Sam #20,

He would be out of contract.

Mark Andersson
35 Posted 02/01/2024 at 04:57:48
Good luck to the lad's recovery.

Dele Alli never looked comfortable being here. Can he make a comeback?

Let's hope we can get back to winning and get enough points that we don't need to play him until next season.

Alan J Thompson
36 Posted 02/01/2024 at 05:40:37
I assume that the transfer arrangement with Spurs expires when Dele Alli's contract with Everton does and, injury etc permitting, Everton could agree a new contract with him as a free agent and play him without triggering a payment to Spurs, or is that an ongoing contract between the clubs?

Has Mr Dyche ever suggested he may be a player he would consider as among the first choice?

Christopher Timmins
37 Posted 02/01/2024 at 08:41:54
Given how his contract has worked out to date, I can't see any reason why a new one would be offered once it comes to an end in the summer.
Mark Ryan
38 Posted 02/01/2024 at 08:54:00
A great pity but who knows, he might be available for the run-in and we need all the help we can get.

He's not leaving in this window and so I hope he mends as soon as possible.

Geoff Lambert
39 Posted 02/01/2024 at 10:26:59
A midfield of Dele, Delph and James… the dream team.
Sean Mitchell
40 Posted 02/01/2024 at 13:39:12
Had the fat waiter not forced out Rodriguez, then we may have never gone for Alli.

He can't help being injured (same as Calvert-Lewin when he was). Unfortunately for 2 years he's bled the club dry.

I feel sorry for him in relation to his mental health. But most of us suffer with bad mental health or a form of trauma.

When you're on a 6-2 or a 2-10, you can't be skipping days off work because you'll eventually get the sack.

Time he moved on. Wish him well. But he should have never been signed in the first place.

Ian Bennett
41 Posted 02/01/2024 at 13:48:03
Linked with Linguard on a short term deal.

At West Ham he was brilliant, but did nothing at United or Forest.
Definitely a flip of a coin gamble in what you'd get.

Joe McMahon
42 Posted 02/01/2024 at 14:06:06
Sean, he was never happy here, and didn't even join any other club in Europe. As soon as Carlo jumped ship, he wanted out.

Remember when we were getting stuffed by City at the end of the season and he posted pictures from a private jet. Smiling his arse off.

Danny O’Neill
43 Posted 02/01/2024 at 14:23:21
With the benefit of hindsight, I suspect there were financial reasons as to why James Rodriguez was moved on.

It was a shame that we never got to watch him live in the flesh. I think Evertonians would have loved him.

Joe McMahon
44 Posted 02/01/2024 at 14:42:40
You could be right, Danny, as he was being paid huge amounts. The performance away at Spurs with Allan was perfect.
Bill Gienapp
45 Posted 02/01/2024 at 15:52:27
The cynical side of me had predicted (only half-jokingly) that, if we were unable to convince Spurs to renegotiate, Dele would announce an injury setback and that would be the end of that.
Rob Jones
46 Posted 02/01/2024 at 16:33:53
No club will be stupid enough to buy him or loan him off us, and if we cancel his contract, we still have to pay it. We might as well keep him around, maybe we'll get five games out of him.

Just as no club would be stupid enough to take him off us, let's be grateful for the fact that Kevin Thelwell won't be stupid enough to offer him a contract.

No hard feelings. Get what we can out of him without paying Spurs, and allow his contract to expire. When he and Gomes leave, they will be the last exorbitant contracts to remove from the books. Let's hope for some good performances from both on their way to the exit.

Robert Tressell
47 Posted 02/01/2024 at 17:17:04
Danny # 43,

The sale of Rodriguez was absolutely financial. Pretty much everything since January 2021 has been financially driven (albeit sometimes in the most unimaginably thick way).

The purchase of Rodriguez and Alli were each different kinds of stupid gambles that have robbed us of transfer funds, prevented us building a decent side, and seen us with 10 points deducted.

Ed Prytherch
48 Posted 02/01/2024 at 17:39:44
I cannot see us taking anyone on Linguard's wages.

A pay-as-you-go contract at the end of the season to free agent Dele Alli would appear to have little downside. We would then find out how much he wants to play.

Rob Jones
49 Posted 02/01/2024 at 18:08:14
Great player or not, I was happy we got rid of Rodriguez. He was a luxury we couldn't afford.

Financially, Ancelotti's signings were absolutely ruinous. Allan and Rodriguez were a financial black hole that didn't add nearly enough to results to justify the outlay.

Rodriguez may have added some sparkle that year, but it's not as though we ever got to watch it in person, so I've never really bought into the positives of signing him.

Alan Corken
50 Posted 02/01/2024 at 19:47:41
Dupont @31:

You have got right to the heart of the matter... his contract expires in the summer... over and out!

Sean Mitchell
51 Posted 02/01/2024 at 23:02:28
Joe #42,

I remember it well, unfortunately.

I also remember when we were playing Southampton at home and he didn't even know who we were playing.

He, and Alli, are just 2 signings that haven't helped the wage bill at all in 3 years.

Paul Kossoff
52 Posted 03/01/2024 at 16:01:17
Possibly the worst signing we have ever made, especially seeing as at the time we were under scrutiny from the corrupt Premier League. When a known cockney spiv who once put his dog's name down as the owner of a bank account is involved, then you have to think, nope, something's not right here. I bet more than a few people profited from this.

Watch what happens when Dele Alli's contract is up, injury will disappear, agent on the phone, a fit and ready Alli will sign a mega millions deal, possibly for the Arabian league. Then possibly all the soft-hearted, "Oh, he's one of us" brigade will realise that caring or loyalty, as far as millionaire footballers go, doesn't exist.

The signing was a money-making, "do me a favour" exercise from one conman to the next, Levy and Kenwright. A player that we all know we didn't need or couldn't afford. We needed and cried out for a striker, but we got a dud.

A player nowhere near ready for the fight who is not wanted and has made a small fortune out of a club that's just been deducted 10 points for over-spending. You couldn't make it up, but then, that's Everton, isn't it?

Stephen Davies
53 Posted 03/01/2024 at 16:57:16
My information is that his injury will keep him out for rest of season.

Let's say that that information is not accurate and he's out for the next couple of months. He hasn't played since last April... that will be nearly a year without completing a competitive game.

I doubt we will be seeing him on the pitch in an Everton kit.

Brian Williams
54 Posted 03/01/2024 at 17:14:00
What's the source of your information?
Stephen Davies
55 Posted 03/01/2024 at 17:29:06
The Source?

The same who told me that we would be playing 5 at the back against Wolves and Keane would be one of them.

I posted it on here before the game

Alan McGuffog
56 Posted 03/01/2024 at 17:45:44
Paul...I think we've had a few threads over the years on the subject of our worst, or to be charitable, our most pointless signings.
I'll kick off with, in the 60's, Jimmy Hill ( no, not that one) and Ernie Hunt.
Every decade since has had a number of absolute stumps.
Danny O’Neill
57 Posted 03/01/2024 at 18:00:10
Well Alan, as we're on the subject.

Some of Howard Kendall's first round of signings were questionable. Mick Ferguson and Alan Biley spring to mind.

And then the infamous on-loan Glenn Keeley? Lasted about half an hour before being sent off and never appeared for Everton again.

Per Krøldrup?

I guess Dele Alli at least has that second half against Palace that transformed the team.

I wish him well.

Alan McGuffog
58 Posted 03/01/2024 at 18:27:02

I'll see your Per KrøldruP and raise you Danny Williamson and Marc Hottiger.

Paul Kossoff
59 Posted 03/01/2024 at 18:41:40
Alan, I'll raise you with the great Sandro Ramirez.

First hailed as an astute piece of business, the La Masia graduate joined the Toffees back in 2017 for what was an apparent bargain £5.25M fee.

The Spaniard's performances on Merseyside soon changed those opinions, as the striker struggled to resemble anything like a top-flight striker – scoring only one goal in 16 disappointing appearances for the club.

Sandro would head out on numerous loan moves to clubs such as Sevilla and Real Sociedad, before leaving Everton permanently in 2020 to join SD Huesca on a free transfer. Considering at the time we had been offered and looked at Haaland is a joke.😀

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