Former Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock believes that struggling Everton midfielder Dele Alli would be ‘a hell of a player’ if he joined Liverpool or Manchester City.
Alli only joined the Toffees in January from Tottenham but has not made any impact at Goodison Park since his arrival, with Warnock claiming that he is not suited to Everton’s style of play under Frank Lampard.
The England international is yet to score in six appearances for the Toffees and has failed to get off the bench in the last four outings.
And Warnock has sympathy with the 26-year-old, as he feels Everton do not play to his strengths.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, Warnock said: “When I look at Dele, I feel sorry for him.
“Everton aren’t a team good enough or strong enough to give him the ball in the right areas.
“You play him off Calvert-Lewin. Play him off the striker and give him the ball in them areas. But they don’t do that. They’re under the cosh all the time. They pass it in silly areas. They don’t play them balls into feet and get runners, which he is good at.
“I think if you put him into Liverpool or Man City’s team, then you would get a hell of a player out of him.”
Alli has won 37 caps for England but has not featured for the Three Lions since 2019.
Dele Alli career on the slide
The former Spurs man was allowed to complete a potential £40million switch to Merseyside after struggling under successive managers at Tottenham.
After falling out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino, Alli rekindled his career early in Jose Mourinho’s tenure. However, that did not last long and the former MK Dons star suffered a similar fate under Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte before eventually being shown the door.
Everton are currently four points above 18th-placed Burnley in the Premier League table with eight games remaining. But they boosted their chances of survival with a huge home win against Manchester United last weekend.
Next up for Lampard’s men is a home clash with Leicester on Wednesday April 20.
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