Frank McAvennie has given his reaction to the fact that Dele Alli played no part for Everton in their 1-0 victory at home to Newcastle United on Thursday night.
The Lowdown: Tough time for Alli
It is safe to say that the 25-year-old is having a tough time at Goodison Park since arriving from Tottenham in the January transfer window.
Should Everton have signed Alli?
He was not called upon from the bench by Frank Lampard against the Magpies, despite Everton desperately needing a goal, and has not started a game for the club in the Premier League so far (Transfermarkt).
The Latest: McAvennie reacts as Alli overlooked
Speaking to Football Insider, former West Ham and Aston Villa striker McAvennie has since reacted to Alli’s lack of game-time at Everton, suggesting that the playmaker is not working hard enough to earn his place.
The 62-year-old said:
“I’m a wee bit concerned about him. Missing out, that’s a big blow for him.
“Goodison is surrounded by all those houses, it’s people who are down on their luck. They are hard-working people.
“He rocks up in a Rolls Royce. You can do that if you are producing on the pitch. That won’t go down well with the Everton fans. He was lazy at Tottenham.
“He can’t be lazy for Everton and be kicking about in a big car like that, the fans won’t have that.
“The boy has bundles of ability and I want him to do well. I want to see good players playing well. But he’s gone to Everton and done absolutely nothing so far. He can barely get a game.
“His agent and his team won’t be happy, first impressions matter and he hasn’t made a good one.”
The Verdict: Alli fading away
Given the lack of faith in him by Lampard, it seems as if Alli’s footballing career is slowly fading away, which is scary to consider given that he is still only 25 years of age.
In his early days at Spurs, he was scoring and setting up goals for fun, but his performances have hugely declined, resulting in the north London club being happy to let him leave midway through the season on a free transfer, despite the player still holding a relatively sizeable market value.
With Crystal Palace to come at Selhurst Park in the FA Cup on Sunday lunchtime, Alli will no doubt be desperate for Lampard to start him so that he can rekindle the kind of form he once showed routinely with the Lilywhites.
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