Dele Alli called ‘a joke’ as team-mate opens up on horror Everton spell after Turkey loan

Dele Alli has had a spectacular fall from grace after starring at Tottenham and has since returned from his dismal loan in Turkey.

Dele Alli’s Everton team-mate Alex Iwobi has opened up on training with the former Tottenham star, who has since returned from his loan spell at Besiktas after reportedly falling out with the Turkish side’s head coach. The 37-cap England man is back at Goodison Park to receive treatment for an injury, as his future at the Toffees remains uncertain.

Iwobi has turned his Everton career around and has been an important figure under Sean Dyche and Frank Lampard before him. The Nigerian’s work ethic has played an important role but the same cannot be said for Alli. The ex-Spurs midfielder has had his lack of effort in training highlighted previously, as Iwobi lifted the lid on working with the “joke” of a player.

He told FilthyFellas: “With him, he will say it himself, he isn’t a training player. Unless it’s a match in training and then you see Dele perform. When it comes to training matches, he is a joke. When it comes to drills – he tries, but because he’s slow with it. When it comes to games, he will score and assist or something.

“It was hard for him to play. If you’re not just doing it in training, and at the time, the manager needed reliable players. He couldn’t really put his trust in him. We all know Dele could have performed.”

It is not the first time that Alli’s commitment to training has been questioned, as then-Spurs boss Jose Mourinho lambasted him and urged the star to do more to achieve his potential during the club’s Amazon documentary. Mourinho told Alli: “I am 56 now, and yesterday, yesterday, I was 20. In no time. Time flies.

“One day, I think you will regret if you don’t reach what you can reach. I’m not expecting you to be the man of the match every game, I’m not expecting you to score goals every game. I want to tell you that I think you will regret. You should demand more from you. Not me demanding more from you. Not me. Nobody. You. I think you should demand more from you.”