England midfielder Dele Alli has spoken about the excitement of playing under the tutelage of Frank Lampard at Everton. Alli left Tottenham before the end of the January transfer window, while Frank Lampard was appointed as the new Everton manager after Rafael Benitez was sacked.
Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was lined up as one of the three targets, but the former England striker turned down the chance to coach his boyhood club to continue at Derby, leaving the Toffees with Frank Lampard.
Immediately the former Chelsea player and manager made Dele Alli his priority in a deal that could run up to £40M and brought him to the Goodison Park. Lampard was also able to get Donny Van De Beek on loan from Manchester United.
However, Alli has had a torrid time at Tottenham, having played just ten matches for the Spurs this season despite being a huge part of Mauricio Pochettino’s team that consistently made the top four Spurs. Subsequently, he fell out of favor under Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo, and Antonio Conte.
He managed 269 matches with 67 goals at the White Hart Lane while also making 41 appearances in the Three Lions national team. Alli now hopes to revitalize his career under a manager he terms as amazing.
“He [Lampard] is an amazing manager and an amazing person as well. Speaking to him and admiring him so much as a player and what he’s done so far as a manager – I think it’s amazing. He knows me very well as a player, and I know the tactics he likes and how he likes to play, and how he likes his teams to work. So, I feel like it’s a perfect match, and I can’t wait to get going.” Alli said.